15 Feb Self-care + Gratitude=Self-L❤️ve
So what does it mean to give “self-love”? Does it mean go get that $25 an hour foot massage? Or grab that $170 bottle of red wine you’ve been eyeing for the past couple of years, or maybe some retail therapy? Well, it can be those things. Or, it can be something more intimate, cost effective (I like saying that part) and something you can do daily without having to dedicate too much time plus dropping that bag of cash. Ironically, today I went to a self-care workshop as a “treat myself” valentines sesh for freelancers. I expected to go for an hour out of the two, since I have deadlines hitting this Friday. But I stayed, even 15 minutes longer after the workshop, to chat with the instructor to share:
1) My experience & gratitude
2) She has to bottle this and put it into an app and
3) She needs (yes I told her NEEDS) to be a part of our next experiential exhibit (details to come later in the year, especially when she’s locked in).
So to share with you just a few of the golden nuggets she provided that are within all of us, here are some self-care methods you can do in the comfort of your own home:
1 – Savor with your senses
Works particularly well with food so for the sake of this example and what we used earlier, let’s use chocolate. Ever had a piece of chocolate (or equivalent to your fav thing) that put you up in cloud 9? Let’s walk ourselves through the impact of this “chocolate” in how it hits each of our senses. You can do this with your eyes closed or open. Works better closed. First, feel the objects structure, then smell the objects significant scent, then unravel the objects wrapping to appreciate what that sounds like, then see the object for what it is, finally taste the object. Walking yourself through this process allows an appreciation as well as gratifying your overall senses.
2 – Vacation in the mind
This one is interesting. Psychiatrists teach patients experiencing trauma or PTSD how to use sensory and space to find peace in the mind, which is now being used by CEO’s and companies throughout the world. You take yourself to a place known/unknown (it’s your imagination) that’s a safe place and that brings you peace. Walking yourself through your senses, you approach each sense with a connected stimuli of what it feels to see, taste, smell, hear and touch within this place of space. Focus yourself for at least a minute with each sense, allowing yourself to experience this sensation. Seal the deal by hugging yourself with your arms and by tapping left arm, right arm, then left arm again, then right arm, to seal in this experience and make it tangible. I’ll get more info for ya’ll, since I did forget the exact term for this particular process. This was my fav one, and a cost-effective trip anytime, anywhere.
3 – Reiki, the power of energy
You can go to a reiki specialist (as I love to do and can recommend a couple of my favs like Jaqui and Monica which you can find both on Insta) or you can practice on yourself. We all have energy so we can all energize our body within it. YouTube link right here on how to start and share your energy throughout the aches and pains of your body. This one will take a few times to get the hang of it.
4 – Aromatherapy
You’ll need to drop a little coin on this one, but you can do so at an affordable rate without having to drop $18-$27 per bottle of oils. Either you’ve experienced some smells that have stimulated your senses to a certain reaction, or you can google/research “different types of aromatherapy smells” so you can go to the supermarket and buy those items that source those smells. Smell is a powerful trigger of emotions, which can impact your morning and night. You can buy lemons/oranges to stimulate waking up, or lavender branches to place under your pillow to relax at night, Rosemary helps awaken and remember things (so use this while studying) and mint can help open your breathing. The smells out there are endless (it’s about experimentation to see whatcha like).
5 – Metta Meditation
This. One. Is. Dope. I have experienced this once before. For those unfamiliar:
Mettā or maitrī means benevolence, loving-kindness, friendliness, amity, good will, and active interest in others. It is the first of the four sublime states and one of the ten pāramīs of the Theravāda school of Buddhism. The cultivation of benevolence is a popular form of meditation in Buddhism. Wikipedia
It’s a loving, kindness, meditation directing energy in wishing others blessings, including yourself. Today I had a different appreciation for it. We sent out a rippling effect of gratitude to those we love, those who we really don’t know but still wish well, ourselves and the world. Imagine, every day there are people who do this type of meditation and who are sending their blessings to you, to our families, to the world! This one was emotional. I would say follow the YouTube link right here since I can’t write a short enough paragraph to describe the steps. This is powerful. You’re feeling full of warmth and love by the end.
Now that you’ve gone through some self-caring, let’s chat about gratitude. Gratitude allows us to give appreciation to where we’ve been, where we are at and where we are going. While nothing in life is perfect, you can choose how you react to things, versus looking at how things happen to you. How we handle situations when they come up is within our control. Take charge. Allow yourself to feel anger, sadness, hurt and pain. But, also encourage yourself to accept love, care, purpose through the process. We don’t want to marinate in the negative, so let’s continue to find ways to support each other and ourselves through being grateful for experiences, those that love and support us and discovering ourselves along the way.
This is what Valentines can be about, the love you have for the world.
Jasmine approaches each project with a familial sense and her own philosophy, “When you’re a part of my team, it makes me part of yours so we’re in this together. This has been the catalyst behind her work with the goal of creating, refining, toning and shaping uncommon stories not found in mainstream media whether producing content to live events or curating an art show. This is OUR story to tell.
If you’re in need of some additional inspo + resources feel free to follow us on social media (Insta @Esc_Artists/FB Escape Artists Collective) to DM us or email info@EscapeArtistsCollective.com