Spring Cleaning Your Relationships

With the springtime in full swing, it’s not uncommon for you to get the feeling to want to do.a cleanse of sorts through your life. Some people clean their homes, while others may focus more on their personal lifestyles and determine what needs to be flushed out and what does not. Starting the spring season by getting rid of any toxic of negative relationships is one of the great ways to start the season, and a way to make room for new positive relationships.

If you currently are dealing with someone or several people that do not bring any positive benefits to your life, who constantly bring your mood down, or who don’t mean any good to you or are always negative; it may be time to release them from your life at the inception of this new season.  There is no reason to bring that type energy into your Spring and Summer 2018 if you do not have to.  It may be time to make a clean break from those who are not in your life with the intention to bring you any joy or happiness.  This even includes some of your closest relationships; such as family and significant others.

Oftentimes, we hold on to what we believe are our most important relationships because of their title or their hierarchy in our lives.  In all actuality, even some of the closest people to you may only be meant to last in life for a specific period of time before it is time to cleanse yourself of them.

So, before the spring comes in full force, will you be taking a hard look at your relationships and determining who stays and who goes?

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Self-Care Sunday: Creating Space for Yourself

One thing that I feel is necessary for self-care is creating space for yourself.

When you think about “creating space”, sometimes the first thing that comes to mind is physical space; cleaning, de-cluttering, doing basic “detoxing” of your life. Those are all good things; however, when I think of creating space for myself, I think of mental and emotional space.

I think of all the things we endure in life give us a pass that sometimes we deserve to create the necessary emotional and mental space to breathe and ensure we are secure and sound in mind, body and spirit. We tend to be very selfless and strong people, we do things for others, we go the extra mile, we work our fingers to the bone until we are left standing with nothing else to give to our creative endeavors. This has been me on several occasions, until I began to tell myself that I will start giving myself the opportunity to create space for myself.

I create space for myself to do the things that I love to do; whether it be reading, writing, meditating, spending time with my daughter, my family, my friends or even myself. I knew that in order for me to maintain my level of self-care, this was a priority and I had to make it a priority. Even as little as 15-30 minutes, I committed to giving myself small moments if even just to breathe. I found that even after those moments, I felt so much better after having a hectic day.

My self-care tip this week is to give yourself the opportunity to create space for yourself. Tell yourself that you will make it a priority to make sure you have time for yourself, just like you make it a priority for others to have your time, space and energy. The benefits will outweigh the costs every time, I guarantee it.

This Gallon Water Thing

So, I am going to see if I can drink a gallon of water a day…..

I noticed that my water intake truly sucks.  I mean, I drink a lot of water, but I still don’t think it’s enough.  I try to stay as hydrated as possible though, as a means to detox and prevent dehydration. I just don’t think I get in enough water.

I have seen so many other numbers, that represent how many ounces of water you should put in a day.  I figure the best way is for me to just drink a gallon or more a day and see what happens.  I am going to TRY (main word being try) to cut back to one can soda a day.  I am not going to sit here and say I will quit soda cold turkey, so I am going to go for a more reasonable goal; 1 can a day.  I drink juice (maybe 2 cups, if that) maybe every other day and it is usually the Simply Lemonade brand, because it is not from concentrate.  I am also adding a cup of tea in the morning (Yogi caramel apple spice slim life).

Let’s see if I can drink my first gallon and go from there….lol