self care

Journaling Through June and July: 10 Prompts To Get You Started

At the beginning of the year, I was a journaling machine – killing my daily affirmations and jotting down my random thoughts and ideas. Daily affirmations became weekly affirmations, which I was fine with until my affirmations disappeared altogether.  Ace wisely reminded me the other day that thoughts become things. So I want to get back on my journaling game.

Journaling Through June and July: 10 Prompts To Get You Started

Journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being, including reducing stress and increasing emotional intelligence, memory and comprehension. Read about other benefits here.

My goal is to sit down once a week (I think I’m saving Sundays for this) for the rest of this month and July and spend 20 minutes journaling. Then I’m going to make it twice a week, but baby steps, people. Anyways, if you’re interested in journaling here are a few prompts to get you started. 

 

10 Journaling Prompts To Get You Started

1)What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

2)Pick a favorite inspirational quote and design a journal page around it.

Write about the wisdom this quote awakens in you and how applies to your life. Why is it important for you at this time?

3) Write a gratitude list.

4) Write your sources of stress.

Write as many things as you can think of. When you are finished, reflect on how long the list is and how strong you are to be dealing with all of it. If you list is long, you may want to sort them into categories.  Sort stress-sources into categories like ‘life’, ‘money’, ‘people’, ‘school’ etc.  Brainstorm solutions to at least one stress source in each category. If your list is relatively short pick one or two that you can tackle fairly easy and jot down ways to alleviate that stressor. 

5) Write a pep talk to give yourself the next time you feel sad, upset, or full of doubt.

6) Find an image or two in a magazine that draws you.

Cut it out, and paste it on a blank journal page. You can write two sentences or two pages. Just let it out. Let the image speak to you. You may be surprised at how much lighter you will feel.

7) Journal about your unhealthy habits.

8) I am amazing because…

9) Find some lyrics that you love and jot them down. Write about why the lyrics resonate with you. 

10) Create a list. Here are a few ideas:

  • Places you’ve enjoyed visiting or would like to visit
  • Your favorite books
  • All of favorite movies
  • Your favorite songs
  • Your top five short term and long term goals

Join me on this journaling adventure. Feel free to journal more frequently than what I’ve set. If you want to share some pics use the hashtag: #JournalingJuneandJuly.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

 

Let the Bubbles Melt Your Troubles: Hot Tubs and Hot Water Therapy

There are few things in life as luxurious as dipping your toes in clear hot water, allowing bubbles to lap over your legs and completely relax your muscles all while taking a deep breath in and then slowly releasing it.The stress of the day just melts away to nothing. It is the stuff that dreams are made of, but you can enjoy this type of deep relaxation and lavishness every day if you own a hot tub. We’re all about self-care and love offering new self-care ideas to our readers. Hot tubs have distinct relaxation benefits, but you might be surprised to learn about some of the other advantages of hot water therapy.Let the Bubbles Melt Your Troubles: Hot Tubs and Hot Water Therapy - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Here are nine benefits to soaking in a hot tub:

Hot Tubs and Hot Water Therapy

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1)Stress Relief

Sitting still and allowing the jets and water to massage your body gently will help reduces stress and anxiety. The heat paired with the pulsating water positively affect the body and cause a release of endorphins. Endorphins are the hormones which cause a positive reaction in the body – they are known for creating a feeling of euphoria. The endorphins and the added relaxation coupled together are an ideal form of stress relief.

2) Improved Movement

For those who struggle with arthritis and chronic pain, a hot tub is a relaxing way to start feeling relief. Hot water therapy coupled with cool water therapy is proven to help reduce arthritis and chronic pain and improve joint flexibility. According to WebMD, “heat dilates the blood vessels, stimulates blood circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. In addition, heat alters the sensation of pain.”

3) Catch those Zzzzs

When your mind is racing, and your muscles are sore, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. A hot tub is a great option because soaking in a hot tub is proven to relax the body and the heat from a hot tub can induce sleepiness. When you end your day with a dip in a hot tub, you are likely to improve your quality of sleep, which makes for better nights and then even better mornings. Just be sure you do not catch any shut eye while you are still soaking in the hot tub.

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4) Lower Blood Sugar

The hot water from a hot tub can help lower blood sugar, which can be particularly useful for those battling diabetes. The water causes blood vessels to dilate, and it increases blood flow and helps with circulation. While there are many proven benefits to hot water therapy for those with high blood sugar, but be sure to consult with your doctor before using a hot tub in your diabetes management.

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10 Self Date Ideas for Autumn Anxiety

Me: I love the fall.

Also me: I just wanna stay in bed all day, with myself and pizza.

What’s Autumn Anxiety? It’s that icky feeling you get that won’t go away despite all of the pumpkin spice, early Christmas decorations and cozy sweaters. Between the shorter days, not wanting to leave a warm bed and the New Year quickly approaching– fall can take a toll on our emotional and mental states.

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One may think this post is for lonely, single folks, but nah. As much as some claim their lives and partners are perfect –that’s rarely the case. You’re never too perfect for alone time, or a mental health break.

You may need a self date if…

  • Your friends or lover hates your new, favorite band.
  • Money is tight, and you don’t want to pay for the person you extended the invitation to.
  • You have a case of the blues, and want to shake out of it on your own terms and with your own money.
Disclaimer: This list is just for fun. Please seek advice from a medical professional if you’re looking for ways to treat anxiety and/or depression.

 

10 Self Date Ideas for Autumn Anxiety

Take a yoga class.

Yoga is a great way to get the good vibes flowing. A self date to a yoga class is ideal because yoga poses can be hella awkward for beginners. If your friends are like mine, you’ll probably laugh the entire time and get banned.

Drink responsibly at happy hour.

Sometimes you just need to enjoy a hot toddy in an environment other than your home. I used to hit up happy hour solo all the time after work. Bartenders and other folks there alone would always strike up a conversation with me.

Check out open mic or improv night.

If you don’t have a way with words, hearing the stories of others and listening to them express their emotions can help articulate your personal feelings.

See a local band in concert.

Check out a band you’ve never heard of, or one you’ve been wanting to hear. Smaller crowds and cheaper ticket prices are also a plus if you’ve only seen “big” artists in concert.

Get a massage.

I’ve never had a (professional) massage. A self date would be a great time to go, so I can avoid my friends taking pictures of me falling asleep during the massage.

Volunteer.

Gratitude is the best attitude. Give your time to an organization that needs it. Although volunteering is tons of fun in groups, visiting alone doesn’t hurt either. Think outside the box when volunteering. There are lots of opportunities behind-the-scenes: cleaning, admin work, offering transportation etc.

Take a mini road trip.

Try a long drive and car karaoke for your troubles.

Indulge in a culinary or history tour.

Enjoy the good eats and hidden gems by being a tourist in your town. This just reminded me that I won 2 tickets to a culinary tour, and I might go alone…twice!

Visit a museum.

A little culture never hurt nobody. Museums (usually) require more thinking and less talking. A self date wouldn’t be too awkward since you’re just soaking up all the knowledge.

Attend a workshop or conference.

Workshops and conferences are a cool way to meet like-minded individuals while brushing up on a specific skill or hobby. These types of events aren’t as cheap as treating yourself to a coffee self date, so they may take a little more time to plan.

Have you ever been on a self date? Where did you go and.or what did you do? Tweet me or comment below!

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

How To Quiet Your Mind

I tried to make a home out of you, but doors lead to trap doors, a stairway leads to nothing. Unknown women wander the hallways at night. Where do you go when you go quiet?
-Warsan Shire

Like many, Warsan Shire‘s poetry used in Beyonce’s Lemonade had me twirling in emotions. Without knowing the context yet, “where do you go when you go quiet?” lingered in my head for the rest of the night. But instead of questioning a lover’s whereabouts or if daddy was a cheater, I was questioning myself.

My brain went into turbo mode. As a proud supporter of Me-Time and silence, the word “quiet” immediately made me think about mental health and self-care. I began to compare relaxing quiet to nerve-wrecking quiet. I contemplated the differences between being alone and being lonely–all while trying to watch the videos. Less than 24 hours later, the Lemonade think-pieces and video remakes started to roll in. Only part of the noise in my brain that needed to be silenced was caused by reactions to Lemonade. World tragedies, politics, work, deaths–2016 started to throw all the curve balls. My mind needed a break. It was time to go quiet.

 

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This roller coaster ride called life can be smoother with the volume down, and the quest to a quiet mind can start anywhere. Here are a few ways for you to visit your quiet place without going on a vacation or social media hiatus.

5 Ways To Quiet Your Mind

Write

Even if it doesn’t make sense, write down your thoughts to clear your brain and heart. You can save the words to read later, or throw it away.

Read

When trying to keep the amount of information you take in to a minimum, reading is the perfect educational distraction. Read or recite quotes and poetry that emphasize self-care’s importance:

You can’t start over unless you get still. -Oprah

Assumptions will ruin your beautiful mind. Be aware of what you’re entertaining even in thought. -Alex Elle

Silence is the great teacher and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. -Deepak Chopra

Breathe

It’s hard to be anxious while taking slow, deep breaths. On the other hand, it’s hard to be calm while taking fast, short breaths.

Pray

Call on your higher power for peace– peace for yourself and peace for others.

Meditate

Your emotions and thoughts about others will appear, but meditation is about self-reflection. Why did she/he make me feel that way? Am I overreacting or nah? Questions that are hard to process when you’re overwhelmed can be answered with a quiet mind.

How do you quiet your mind?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Pinterest Meditation Mood Board

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mood board: an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

When I decided to create a mood board on Pinterest, I really thought I was going to pin a bunch of pictures to show how I was feeling. After a little research, I realized I was wrong. Everything I searched had color themes, texture and most importantly–a mission to create something. Clearly, I could’ve still broken the “rules” because I do what I want haha, but I decided to follow through…kinda.

It was easy, but still hard to do Wordless Wednesday this week. I was tired, but had so many emotions and feelings to talk about. Between new and exciting freelance opportunities and spending the weekend in Florida with my best friends (and Beyoncé)–my thoughts were on fleek.

Being overwhelmed has me craving a beautiful meditation space. So why not create a mood board to help visualize it into existence?
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What’s on my board

Green Chakra Stones

Green represents the heart chakra (Anahata). Opening the heart chakra brings forgiveness, acceptance and love. I know I’m not the only one who can use a little more of all 3 of those things right now.

Green Juice

Nothing says zen like a morning (or afternoon) green juice.

Green Space

Even though my allergies make me hate nature these days, I’d love to meditate outdoors. Some days I step outside and think, “I can’t believe I’m a part of this.” Waking up to a new day is one thing, but basking in the morning sunlight, or listening to the rain takes gratitude to another level.

Green Accessories

I rarely leave the house without a headband. Yes, even ones with flowers. Might as well get in meditation formation with a green headwrap, flowy dress and jewelry.

Why I chose the color green

Other than green being my favorite color, it relaxes me. I’ll leave this part to the experts. Jennifer Bourn (BournCreative.com) broke it down like this:

The color green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Green can help enhance vision, stability and endurance. Green takes up more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and it is the dominant color in the natural. It is a natural choice in interior design as an ideal background or backdrop because we as humans are so used to seeing it everywhere.

Pinterest is not cooperating with me right now, so if my mood board isn’t visible in this post please visit this link to check it out: Ace’s Meditation Mood Board.

Have you ever created a mood board? I’d love to see them, and hear your tips for making one.

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

The Importance of Self Care

The Importance of Self Care - The Palmetto PeachesI am a blogger, daughter, employee, puppy mother, friend and burgeoning #girlboss. Many of you have additional titles: mother, wife, girlfriend, fiance, boss, etc… With all of our daily responsibilities it is easy to lose sight of the importance of self care. 

Earlier this month Ace talked about the importance of having a hobby as it relates to self care, but I want to back-up a little and just talk about the importance of self care. Self care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others. Without self care, we are overloaded with stress and suffer from burn-out and emotional fatigue.

Raise your hand if you’ve skipped lunch or dinner because you were overwhelmed with your to-do list.

Perhaps you stopped going to the dance class that you loved because you’re trying to make more time for a work commitment or a commitment you’ve made to help someone else. Maybe you used your daily run as your time to think and now if you sprinted to your mailbox your lungs would be on fire. When we’re stressed, self care is usually the first thing to go and that only makes our stress and anxiety worse.

I was talking to a friend the other day and she mentioned how stressed out she was. Her to-do list rivaled the never-ending CVS coupons. I mentioned to her how it might be helpful to put a little emphasis on self care before she dived into her to-do list. Her automatic response was that it would be a waste of time. I think many of us can feel that way, but I urge you to take some time to make sure you’re taking proper care of yourself so that you can take care of others or business. 🙂

 

11 Simple Self Care Ideas

  • Make a date with yourself. Spend an hour by yourself doing something that reinvigorates or relaxes you. This is not a time to check off something on your to-do list.  Try reading, one of your hobbies, or go see that movie that you’ve been wanting to see for the longest. It doesn’t matter what you decide, but do one thing just because it makes you happy.
  • Have a long bath or shower, sit around in your bathrobe, read magazines, or binge a couple episodes of your favorite TV show. The point is give your mind a break. This could also be your date with yourself — make a weekly thing.
  • Do a mini-declutter.
  • Stretch. 5-10 minutes to get out the kinks helps your body and mind.
  • Spend time with  friends who lift you up.
  • Eat something you enjoy. I know. I know. Bikini season is around the corner. That’s not lost on me, but I’m telling you sometimes you need that slice of pizza and extra glass of wine.
  • Praise yourself when you do something awesome.
  • Meditate. Unplug.
  • Do something that will allow you to use your creative energy.
  • Journal.  A study from the journal of Advances in Psychiatric Treatment found that journaling for 15–20 minutes helped study participants cope with traumatic, stressful, or emotional events. So beyond to-do lists write
  • Learn something new or research something you’re interested in. You may find a new class or activity that you love.

Don’t think of self care as selfishness. In order to make sure the best version of ourselves available in the multiples roles we are juggling, we have to take some time out to reset our minds and relax our bodies so that we are able to operate at full capacity.

Do you forget to take proper care of yourself? What are some things you do to exercise self care?  Leave a comment below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches