Are you ready for a brand new year, & a ‘new feature’ here at ALWR?
I hope this New Year’s morning finds you well, and relatively ‘pain free’. It is the first of January, and with it comes all the hope and promise that a new year holds! This is an ideal time to re-visit the concept of ‘self-care’, and to introduce a new series of posts that will publish every Sunday here at ALWR.
As I’ve stated before, ‘self-care’ is more that just epsom salt baths and flare management. It is a purposeful exercise that involves the mind, will, and emotions. In other words, the ‘heart’. This makes it both personal and limitless.
It could be creating photo-album, re-painting a room, trying out a new recipe, or even binge watching a newly discovered series on Netflix. It is whatever stimulates your mind, and fills your inner being with a sense of purpose & satisfaction.
Every Sunday I will publish a brief post on something I have engaged in for ‘self-care’ during the past week. My goal is to expand our ideas of ‘self-care’ beyond the one-dimensional note of simply ‘resting’. I strongly believe that a main component of disease management (and even healing) involves drawing one’s focus away from what often become an obsession with symptoms and self.
It is vital to our well-being to engage in practices that rouse our creativity, and widen our interests! We may not always be able to escape the direct effects of chronic illness, but we can distract, and even use these effects to create a positive result. My hope is that this feature will also become a place of discussion and sharing involving YOU!
Send me photos, or drop me a line every week to let me know what you have done in the past week for ‘self-care’! I will feature these in every Sunday’s post. This may involve: sharing recipes, something that you make (especially if you sell the items, I will include links to your site and/or shop!), a poem you wrote, ect. Whatever you would like to share with the community. Let’s share ideas and encouragement as we travel through 2017 together!
Send your ‘Self-Care Shares’ to: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Self-Care’ Sunday ~January 2017
This week I re-purposed a pair of stools that were headed for the bin. A friend of mine re-inforced the legs, put a ‘no rocking’ bar on them, and sent them back to me. AWESOME! Instead of having to buy new bar stools to the tune of $50 +, I repainted the legs with some left over Sherwin William’s ‘Black Magic’. I then bought a can of Rustoleum ‘Dark Turquoise’ and ‘Green Citrus’ for $5 each. Voila! New Stools for around $10!
Don’t forget to send what you did for ‘self-care’ this week (photos most welcome!!) to be featured in next week’s post!