In a world in which learning the art of balancing a healthy lifestyle with life’s demands is a vital skill, self-care can feel like a scarce commodity or a guilty luxury. Have you ever been working but were caught up in thinking about some form of self-care you would rather be doing? Then, have you
Lest you feel alone or isolated, know that you are not alone in this caregiver role as fellow human beings, animals, and plants around the world, some in your own family or neighborhood or town and many in other families, neighborhoods and towns around the planet are also in this caregiving role in this moment.
Make a “feeling wheel” by dividing a paper plate into sections like a pizza using a marker. Poke a hole in the middle and turn it into a “feeling clock” making the hands of the clock out of a metal fastener or pipe-cleaner. For younger kids just use: mad, sad, happy, scared. For older kids
I think I have been practicing some form of mindfulness my whole life, having grown up my first 11 years in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York State, practicing mindful seeing, mindful listening, gratitude, savoring, and mindfulness of awe on nature trails, in the woods, hiking up mountains, or in the yard and gardens.