How to build an easy system of self care – 6 strategies to get started

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The phrase “self care” is used so much that many of us are desensitized to it. I think that if we step back and define self care as an intentional way to truly support and empower ourselves, it can be more meaningful.

A big part of self care is the process of figuring out our own systems for supporting our well being – systems that can be repeated every day without too much effort.

Here are 6 strategies to consider if you’re trying to build in easy ways of incorporating self care into your day:

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Create daily peaceful routines that are centering and grounding.

Consider having morning routine that supports you. This can include journaling, exercise, meditation, a nourishing breakfast, reading inspirational books and any other structured and elevating activities that give you strength and peace…

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The Perfect Time for Reflection

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I hope you’re all having a lovely start to the week! 😀

We are currently in the 1st week of 2022, and this first week is, to me, the perfect time for some reflection! I always try & take a couple of days off at the start of each year, to just sit back & think over everything which has happened over the last 12 months or so. We are going to be taking a little closer look at this in today’s blog, so let’s get cracking!

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Who Am I? – Isha Patel

“Who Am I?”

It’s a question that I often find my inner voice asking, but I never really know what the right answer to it should be. This is something that I have been thinking over quite a bit recently, so I thought I jot down my thoughts in a blog & share them with everyone!

So, let’s get into it!

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Adjusting back into University Life…

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have been settling back into University Life, and it’s pretty safe to say that it’s been quite a journey. You see, University has changed a lot since the end of my 2nd Year, and I don’t think I fully grasped the impact that this change was going to have on me. Let’s take a bit for a closer look at this in today’s blog!

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Movember 2021 – Raising Male Mental Health Awareness

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November 2021 comes to an end on Wednesday this week, but what a month it has been for Male Mental Health Awareness! We are going to be taking a look at why this month has been so important for Mental Health Awareness, as well as my thoughts on it, in today’s blog!

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Is Sensitivity a Strength or a Weakness? — Borderless

By Candice Louisa Daquin Rodin’s The Thinker. Courtesy: Creative Commons “I may be a dreamer, But I’m not the only one.” — John Lennon (Imagine). As a child I remember understanding on a very basic level the concept of cruelty. I recall vaguely thinking in the simple way children think; “Why is that person so […]

Is Sensitivity a Strength or a Weakness? — Borderless

The Positives of Failing — Olivia Lucie Blake

Did you know there are positives in failing? I didn’t realise this until I failed something quite important to me. I needed to pass, but God said no, it’s not time yet. You need to learn what it feels like to fail. We all go through times in our lives when we pass or fail […]

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Blogging is a Journey…

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I hope you’re all having an awesome start to the week!

I’ve been writing blogs here on Sweeney’s Blogs for well over 2 years, and in that time, I have learnt so so much. Blogging, for me, has been a journey, one that I have thoroughly enjoyed so far, and I am looking forward to whatever is to come next! Let’s take a close look at some of my thoughts in today’s blog!

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The Hero Within

A Life of Virtue: Philosophy as a Way of Life

Why is it that hero stories continue to capture the human imagination?

While we have no shortage of action-packed Marvel films, the archetypal hero myth is manifested is different cultures throughout history.

If you pay close attention, you’ll start to realize similarities in structure and pattern across different stories and mythology. Achilles in the Homer’s Iliad, to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films and Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings are all connected in their journeys of adventure and personal transformation.

For the mythologist and scholar Joseph Campbell, the ubiquity of these stories reveals some fundamental truth about the human experience. He calls this framework commonly found in our literature, stories and films the hero’s journey.

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The Framework

In the Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell lays out the 17 steps of the hero’s journey which can be summarized in

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World Mental Health Day 2021

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How are we all doing?

World Mental Health Day 2021 falls tomorrow on Sunday the 10th of October 2021!! World Mental Health Day is one of the biggest days on the Mental Health calendar and is something that I am very passionate about. In today’s blog, we are going to be taking a look at this special day, why it is so important, and how you can get involved!

Let’s get cracking!

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World Alzheimer’s Month 2021

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World Alzheimer’s Month is running through September 2021, a national holiday that means the world to me! To help celebrate such a special event, today’s blog is going to take a look at World Alzheimer’s Month, and why it means so much to me. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Finding Life Balance Using the Four Forces of Flight

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Do you feel like the weight of responsibility is keeping you grounded? Or the sheer drag of life is forcing on the brakes?

Do you find it hard to muster the requisite lift and thrust to overcome these forces in life?

Of course, we’ve all been there. We’ve all had those days where everything has felt like one big drag, where the simple act of getting out of bed has felt like this herculean task.

To be honest, that’s exactly how I’ve been feeling recently. It got me thinking about this idea of life balance and how, exactly, one is supposed tofindit?

Then something struck me. I thought, “Of course! Balance isn’t something youfind.It is something you have tomaintain– like a tightrope walker!”

Three ideas immediately sprung to mind:

  1. Don’t carry too much weight.
  2. Go at a steady pace.
  3. Don’t stop moving.

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International Day of Charity 2021

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I hope you are all having a fantastic start to the weekend!

Tomorrow, Sunday the 5th of September 2021, is International Day of Charity 2021. This is a very special day designed to encourage people from all around the world to help & support others through volunteer & philanthropic events. We are going to be taking a look at this great day in today’s blog!

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How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation — Be Inspired..!!

Jon Kabat-Zinn–a leader in the field of mindfulness and health–has defined mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” This means consciously paying attention to our senses, and to our feelings, without further judgement. For example, mindfulness could be practised by focusing on the sensation of water […]

How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation — Be Inspired..!!

How to Achieve Mastery over Your Mind — Leadership Mindset

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash I love that we can change our mindset to change our lives. Because we can choose how to think and react, we can have so much control over how we want our lives to look like.   For the longest time my mind was a hot mess!  I used […]

How to Achieve Mastery over Your Mind — Leadership Mindset