By: Tiffany Whitmore
We all know how vital self-care is and at the same time we all know how easy self-care is to neglect. Add in the commonality that most of us are busy, have stressful jobs, or are too consumed with a fast-paced life to make time for ourselves.
For the past three months, I’ve been working to establish a habit of practicing 5 mins of self-care every day. Starting small has been a game changer for me. The biggest lesson I’ve learned thus far is that self-care can be anything that gives you the space to take care of your body, mind, and soul.
In the past my ideas of self-care never included walking meditations, an 8-mile hike, reading books out loud to my partner or learning new hobbies in the kitchen. In this short time, I’ve discovered freedom in self-care. Nowadays, I spend this valuable time for me anyway I want and with any intention as long as it involves refreshing my body, mind, and soul.
My self-care sessions from March and April included:
Regular walking meditations – I use Calm, a meditation app, to lead me through a body scan and mindful walk during work breaks. Connecting and accepting your body’s current state is a great way to acknowledge how you are processing life events physically. Working towards a state of acceptance is a highlight of the walking meditation I’ve found impactful.
Naturing – That’s a made-up word for spending time in nature. There is something about getting out of the city that almost instantly puts me in a different state of mind. Nature’s beauty speaks directly to my soul and reminds me of the bigger picture.
Making CBD mocktails – CBD cocktails and mocktails have been popping up on menus in hot cities like Los Angeles and Nashville. I wanted to learn how to make at-home versions as a fun hobby. The first test kitchen recipe is the “Chilloma” my riff on the classic Paloma. Find the Chilloma recipe below – it’s my new Saturday afternoon must have.
Previously, I would not have considered any of these activities self-care. Now I know they are for me because I feel the effects they have on my mind, body, and soul.
Processing the bad and the good.
Sometimes (read as often) I forget to give myself acknowledgment or celebrate my personal growth. This past weekend, I completed a goal I set for myself and received terrific feedback in the process. My goal was to speak as a thought leader in my industry, and this past weekend I spoke at a local event. The process taught me so many things, I met a new friend and gained a sense of confidence I didn’t have before. From start to finish the experience was great!
In the past, it was a common practice for me to shrug off personal success and not give myself the time to process those good feelings. Now, I build in time to process all feelings.
After the conference, I came home and took an energizing bath to create a space for processing the day’s success and to reflect on how completing my goal made me feel. A 20-minute soak in Kush Queen’s Citrus bath bomb refreshed my body from being “on” all day connecting with peers and the invigorating citrus scent guided my mediation and reflection on processing the personal success.
I emerged still feeling the joy of the day and proud I gave myself space to personally celebrate. Naturally, I walked into the kitchen and made myself a Chillloma.
Chilloma presented by Kush Queen Test-Kitchen
Makes 2 CBD Mocktails
Blood oranges (5 qty)
Lime (2 qty)
Kush Queen Bäre Tincture
2 Rocks Glasses
Large glass or cocktail shaker
Juice the 5 blood oranges, cut one lime in half
In a large glass or cocktail shaker pour in 5 ounces of blood orange juice and squeeze the juice of one lime.
Stir in 2 teaspoons of honey until the honey is mostly dissolved off of the spoon.
Grab 2 rocks glasses and fill each glass nearly full of ice.
Pour half of the blood orange and honey mixture into each iced rocks glass.
Add 1 dropper of Bäre Tincture to the middle of each glass. Stir.
Top with Club Soda and use the second lime to make a garnish.
Cheers to chillin!
Self-Care Can Be Energizing If That’s What You Need
Self-care can be anything you need it to be. In my current season of life, self-care is energizing and focuses on connecting with my physical body to help guide the process. Give yourself the freedom to explore all types of self-care and remember to acknowledge your growth.
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