Hello there!  I trust you all had a great weekend! The weather was beautiful here in NC and with the passing of the official first day of spring, I’m really hoping it is here to stay!

Although, not a lot, I did spend some time outside, but also spent part of my weekend practicing some self care. We have all heard the buzz about how important self care is, but I think all of us have different versions of what that really means. For me, at least, as I get older, I’m realizing how my priorities are shifting and self care has become more of a priority.

I feel I’m stating the obvious when I say self care literally means caring for one’s self, but I think it goes deeper than that. It is doing those things that help improve and even enhance our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The first things that come to mind, of course, are eating right, exercising, and leading a balanced life.

As important as those things are, I think self-care goes beyond that. It’s how you refuel. It’s what you do to make you feel better about yourself.  It is how you recharge.

Some examples of self care activities might be:

  • Experience nature – This might consist of a hike in the mountains, a stroll on the beach, a visit to the dog park, or just a short walk around the neighborhood.
  • Meditate – This could be anything from intentional breathing, praying, or just spending time doing nothing but sit and try to clear your mind.
  • Read – something other than your phone or social media! Pick up that book that’s been on your shelf for months that you’ve been wanting to get to. Or browse through that magazine that came in the mail that you keep putting off.
  • Schedule a beauty treatment – either with friends or by yourself. Relax with either a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure, or better yet – schedule all four!
  • Create something – For those who love to cook or bake, try new recipes. Create any type of art form – painting, drawing, coloring, photography, and of course, my personal favorite – stamping!

The list goes on and on and is very specific to each person’s own needs.  The examples above are ways I, personally, recharge and participate in self care. And this weekend, I did some form of all five of these activities.

Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Varied Vases Annual Catalog 2018-2019

Although I spent time creating in my craft room and I did actually create some new designs that I will share with you at some point, the one I’m sharing today is actually one I created a while ago, but haven’t shared yet.

Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Varied Vases Annual Catalog 2018-2019

It uses the stamp set Varied Vases from the Annual catalog and stamped in one of my favorite colors, Balmy Blue. Even the name “Balmy Blue” seems to promote self care, don’t you think?

Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Varied Vases Annual Catalog 2018-2019

So tell me…what do you do to practice self care? How do you recharge? Let me know if the comments below.

See you on Wednesday!

Tammy

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