This month our theme for our storefront windows is,
Dressing Up The Holidays.
There's no use fighting it; the holiday season is here. I'll admit, now that my children are older and Christmas seems to be making an appearance in stores by the end of summer. The holiday season doesn't sparkle like it used to. I remember a time when the feeling of magic and pure, innocent happiness would encapsulate me whole, transporting me to an untouchable utopia of joy and wonder. Although nowadays the only thing that really gets me giddy is knowing which kids are going to be able to make it home.
Our theme, "Dressing Up The Holidays," is about finding that golden sparkle again. Don't just go through the motions of the holidays, rediscover the magic, dress up for dinner, dine in glorious fashions that help to ignite that special feeling in your heart.
Self-Love seems like such an easy term to understand. Love yourself. Right? But what about, if, like me, you are living with an illness and simply don't feel worthy of love, even from yourself? Then is self-love still easy to understand?
It's more than just a term. To me, it refers to your entire relationship with yourself, and like any other relationship, it takes work. It takes work to maintain that connection between mind, body, and spirit/soul.
I think it takes some commitment even. Commitment, and devotion to you, and in society today, that is often viewed as selfish, ignorant, and just not acceptable.
Look in a mirror.
When you are feeling down, or sad, look in the mirror. Every single mark on your body is evidence that you are stronger than whatever that obstacle was, even if you didn't feel that way. Look in a mirror and celebrate that. Acknowledge how far you have come in your journey, and don't be afraid to go as far as to high five your reflection. It's easy to become discouraged in life, and there is nothing wrong with taking a moment aside and celebrating where you are at right now.
Go for a walk.
I always love spending time outdoors, but if you don ``t, then this might not be up your alley. When I go for a walk, I find a sense of peace in my mind and it is really comforting. I like to take that time to reflect on my day, and go through my emotions at various parts of my day, so I can really understand what is going on with me. Creating a barrier/separation, by going for a walk, allows me to leave behind what has triggered my emotions, and allows me to focus on being mindful and present.
Personal Development/Self-Help Books
Have a hobby
Having a hobby can be a beautiful way to express emotions without using any vocal words at all. It can be a creative outlet to empty your mind and focus on what is present, which can then allow for a calmer connection between your mind, spirit and body. Doing something you enjoy doing is a way of caring for your own needs and happiness.
Recognizing Your Feelings/emotion and triggers
Write yourself a letter
I'm sure you have heard this one many times, but it can be so therapeutic to do it. Clearing your mind and putting it behind a physical aspect (writing), can help to make it concrete and real. Once it's real you can work through it, and take care of yourself. You can also write something resembling a love letter to yourself and zone in on your strengths and accomplishments. Keep it in a place where you can read it when you are having a bad day!
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