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SELF LOVE: 30 ways of practicing self-love and self-care pt.2

Time for 2nd part of our 30 ways of practicing self-love and self-care! Last week we did first 6, now time for 6 more! ๐Ÿค—
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30 ways of practicing self-love/self-care:
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 7. Have some propper me-time. If you don’t live by yourself be open about it and simply ask your partner or roommate to leave you by youreslf because you need some time by yourself. I learned that last year to simply tell my husband that I need e.g. to watch some girly movie by myself, I leave him by himself in living room and go to bedroom to have some me-time ๐Ÿ˜‰
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 8. Practice gratitude ๐Ÿ™ – we have so many things to be grateful for! Your health, your close ones,  roof over your head, your surrounding… notice what you really have! ๐Ÿ˜Š So many people lack it and dream of those things!
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 9. Be creative! ๐Ÿคฉ Put your emotions on paper and write a story or take some paints and try painting! ๐ŸŽจ If you’re not a fan of those 2 activities you can try decoupaging, knitting, taking pictures, singing, playing some instruments… there are so many ways to be creative! ๐Ÿค— This is what got me through lockdown! Coloring is what makes me relaxed, gets my thoughts away and lets me calm down so I got this BrushMe set ๐Ÿ˜€ – you get a painting with a set of paints with numbers and all you need to do is to paint right color in the right spot and you can create an amazing picture like I did here! Have you tried one of those?
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๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 10. Spend as much time in nature as possible! ๐Ÿ˜ Especially now, in the spring/summer! ๐ŸŒž Fresh air and nice views make us calmer and more energetic!
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 11. End all toxic relationships ๐Ÿ˜‰. Anyone who makes you feel anything less than amazing doesnโ€™t deserve to be a part of your life. If you get/havve a hater in social media โ€“ block him/her immediately. We donโ€™t need that ๐Ÿšซ
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 12. Celebrate your wins no matter how big or small ๐Ÿ˜€. Pat yourself on the back and be proud of what you have achieved!

Another 6 ways of of practicing self-love and self-care coming next week!

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SELF LOVE: 30 ways of practicing self-love and self-care

Starting today for next 5 self-love posts that I share on Thursdays we’re gonna go through 30 ways of practicing self-love and self-care ๐Ÿ˜Š. Start loving yourself! That’s first step to being happy!
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1-6 ways of practicing self-love/self-care:
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 1. Write a love letter to yourself. Write down everything you like/love about yourself ๐Ÿ˜
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 2. Learn when to stop and relax. We all live in crazy speed and that’s not healthy. Try to plan at least 1 day a week for regeneration when you have the time to think, to listen to music, to meditate or even to just lay down and do nothing ๐Ÿค—.
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 3. Find time for your close ones. You can’t work all the time ๐Ÿ˜‰. Take that 1 evening off and go out, meet with your friends, your family
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 4. Be active! Do you remember my post last week about happy hormones (if not, you should! It’s under a pink photo with a bubble gum ๐Ÿ˜‰)? We’ve learned that working out and being physically active boosts production ofย endorphins ๐Ÿค—
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ 5. Learn to forgive yourself. IF you’ve made some mistake, even a big one, it’s already in the past, what is done is done. Try to draw conclusions and use it as experience of what not to do in the future ๐Ÿ˜˜. But most importantly – don’t be angry with yourself!
๐Ÿ”ธ๏ธ6. Have good sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด! It is highly important to function well! What can you do to sleep well? Don’t dring too much coffee or black tea, try not to stress that much and don’t work too much ๐Ÿ˜…

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SELF LOVE: Calming crafts

The mental health benefits of crafting have been well documented by plenty of top publications ๐Ÿคฉ! Working with your hands and making time to be creative can boost your mood ๐Ÿ™ƒ, keep your brain sharp ๐Ÿง  and even help alleviate the symptoms of health woes like depression, arthritis, sleeplessness and stress ๐Ÿคฏ.
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Human beings have been using art ๐ŸŽจ and creative endeavors to cope and express themselves for literally thousands of years.
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So, it’s no surprise that DIY and crafting can help with anxiety, too ๐Ÿค—. Crafting as a form of self-care is a long-standing tradition.ย 
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I have always found creating/crafting/making to be a form of therapy ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™. When youโ€™re making something, your mind has space to wander and work things out. It also gives you a chance to change the channel in your brain and focus on something else rather than whatโ€™s stressing you out ๐Ÿค—
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And in many cases, the actual physical activities involved in craft projects can be relaxing in themselves. Whether itโ€™s the act of making smooth brushstrokes, the calm repetitive nature of needlecrafts and knitting or crochet, or the soothing colors and sounds of coloring, just the act of making can be super relaxing ๐Ÿ˜.
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Check out my Instagram to see a tutorial on how to prepare those quick DIY Easter decorations ๐Ÿฃ.
2 more tutorials on Easter decorations coming this week! ๐Ÿคฉ

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Smiley Future โ€“ Step 54

Time for last excercise in our mindfullness series ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ โ€“ careful submergence. The purpose of this exercise is to cultivate the satisfaction of being here and now ๐Ÿ™ and to avoid constant feeling of struggle (or boredom) that overwhelms us everyday ๐Ÿ˜‰.
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Instead of waiting for the end of boring routine tasks ๐Ÿ™„ in order to do something differnt, try experiencing that routine in a totally new way ๐Ÿคฉ.
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For example, when youโ€™re cleaning the house ๐Ÿ’จ bring your attention to every little detail of different activities: feel the smooth moves while vacuuming ๐Ÿ’ซ, feel your muscles work while washing the dishes ๐Ÿ’ฅ, notice what the objects you touch look like ๐Ÿ‘€, what do they feel like etc.
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This whole excercise is about fresh new creative look on activities well-known to you and experiencing them in a totally new way instead of treating them as a burdensome obstacle standing on your way to the next tasks ๐Ÿค—.
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If you want you can choose another routine activity instead of cleaning of course ๐Ÿ˜‰. But who knows, maybe even cleaning will turn out to be a fun experience? Try it out! ๐Ÿค—
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Write down your reflections and conclusions after this excercise ๐Ÿ“
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Next week: Do you feel gratitude?
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Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”

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Smiley Future โ€“ Step 52

How do you find mindfullness practice so far? ๐Ÿค” Today I want us to practice mindful awarness ๐Ÿคฉ. This excercise is to boost your awarness while doing everyday, normal activities and to appreciate their results ๐Ÿ˜‰.
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Think of something that happens couple times a day everyday, something that you take for granted and donโ€™t bring any attention to ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. It can be e.g. opening door ๐Ÿšช. For one day, everytime you grab a handle stop for a second and bring your attention to where you are, how you feel and where do these doors lead you to ๐Ÿค”.
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A moment that you choose doesnโ€™t have to be a physical activity. You can focus on a point where a negative thought appears ๐Ÿ’ญ. Stop then, notice your emotions and that thought โ€“ see if itโ€™s needed and then push it away ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป.
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It can be a moment right before a meal โ€“ before you start eating bring your attention to smell ๐Ÿ‘ƒ, color of the meal ๐Ÿ‘€ or focus on the fact of how good it is to eat a meal with family or friends โค.
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This excercise helps you switch from automatic thinking ๐Ÿง  to experiencing mindfullness and gratitude for every little (and so far โ€“ boring) thing or action ๐Ÿค—.
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Next week: Practicing mindfullness: listening ๐Ÿ‘‚
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Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”

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Smiley Future โ€“ Step 51

Letโ€™s continue practicing mindfullness ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. Next excercise is careful observation ๐Ÿ‘€. It lets you notice and appreciate simple, obvious elements of reality and it serves you to feel that youโ€™re a part of a beautiful natural environment what tends to slip out in everyday rush ๐Ÿ˜‰.
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โžก๏ธ 1.ย Pick an element of nature in your close surroundings and focus on that for a minute or two. It can be a flower ๐ŸŒธ, a tree ๐ŸŒณ, an insect ๐Ÿž, clouds โ˜๏ธ, moon ๐ŸŒšโ€ฆanything
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โžก๏ธ 2.ย Donโ€™t do anything else โŒ just watch the element ๐Ÿ‘€. Relax and observe it as long as your concentration lets you.
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โžก๏ธ 3.ย Look at the chosen element as if youโ€™ve seen it for the first time ๐Ÿ˜
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โžก๏ธ 4.ย Explore every aspect of that chosen element. Let its presence soak you completely ๐Ÿค—
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How do you feel after that excercise? Do any new thoughts, discoveries come to your mind?
Write them down! ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Next week: Practicing mindfullness: awareness
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Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”

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Smiley Future โ€“ Step 50

๐Ÿง SMILEY FUTURE๐Ÿง 
— Step 50
Letโ€™s start our practicing mindfullness series! Ready? ๐Ÿค— First excercise is mindfullness breathing ๐Ÿ’จ. You can practice it in any position and at any time of the day. Try to stand still. Set a timer and focus on your breath for one minute.
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โžก๏ธ 1.ย Inhale with your nose ๐Ÿ‘ƒ and exhale with your mouth ๐Ÿ‘„
โžก๏ธ 2.ย Let your thoughts come and go freely, donโ€™t focus on them. If you start habitually wonder about things to do, your problems etc just bring your focus back to breathing and let your thoughts go away
โžก๏ธ 3.ย Concentrate on your breath: how does it float through your body, how each breath in fills you with oxygen and life and how each breathย ย out lets you get rid of what is unnecessary
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If you liked that excerise and it let you relax you can practice it longer ๐Ÿ˜Š
Write down any observations youโ€™ve noticed while practicing mindfullness ๐Ÿ“
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Next week: Practicing mindfullness: observation
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Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”

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SELF LOVE: Green tea face masks

Did you know that besides greatย  nutrition values green tea ๐ŸŒฑ is also good for your skin? ๐Ÿค—
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Here are 3 options for natural face masks with magical green tea:
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โžก๏ธ 1. Cleansing mask
Pour 1/4 cup of hot water onto 1 tsp of green tea leaves ๐Ÿƒ. Brew it for 10min covered, strain it and wait for it to cool down. Mix 5 tbsp of green tea with 1 tbsp of oatmeal and a bit of honey ๐Ÿฏ. Apply it on your face for 10 min, then massage your face and neck. Rinse it. ๐Ÿค—
โžก๏ธ 2. Mask for sensitive skin
Pour 1/4 cup of hot water onto 1 tsp of green tea leaves ๐Ÿƒ. Brew it for 5min, strain it and wait for it to cool down.Take 3 tbsp of green tea and mix it with 3 tbsp of corn flour and 1 tsp of lemon juice ๐Ÿ‹. Before applying it, wipe your face down with a tonic, put the facemask on for 20min later rinse it down with warm water ๐Ÿ˜Š
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โžก๏ธ 3. Mask for acne
Mix 1 tsp of brewed green tea leaves ๐Ÿƒ with 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Put it on acne/pimples and leave it on for 10min. Wash it off with warm water ๐Ÿค—

Have you ever tried such natural facemask? ๐Ÿ˜Š

P.S. I am doing 28 day Self-Love challenge at my Instagram – come join us!

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Smiley Future โ€“ Step 49

๐Ÿง SMILEY FUTURE๐Ÿง 
— Step 49
To notice your emotions, to be good to yourself and to understand yourself better youโ€™ll need mindfullness ๐Ÿค—
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What is it? ๐Ÿค” In short, it is an intentional focusing on here & now without judging it. Practicing mindfullness we focus on what we experience in a specific moment, here & now โฌ‡๏ธ We dont think about the past or the future ๐Ÿšซ, we focus on whatโ€™s happening now. Couple next steps will be about mindfullness โ˜บ
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During mindfullness training try to remember aboutย ย couple tips:
๐Ÿ’ซ Donโ€™t judge your thoughts and emotions that youโ€™re feeling
๐Ÿ’ซ Be patient and persistent โ€“ let your thoughts and emotions go in and out in their time
๐Ÿ’ซ Keep your head open, imagine youโ€™re a beginner at every training
๐Ÿ’ซ Avoid expectations โ€“ just try practicing mindfullness without any script or thoughts on how will it go
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Task for today: Are you attentive every day? ๐Ÿง Do you focus on here & now, feel the presence? If yes, in what moments you find it easy to be focused on here & now and when is it harder? ๐Ÿค”
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Have you ever practiced mindfullness? ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Next week: Practicing mindfullness: breathing
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Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”

P.S. See my post on Instagram with a tutorial how to make that Seed Starter Valentine gift

P.S.2. I am doing 28 day Self-Love challenge at my Instagram – come join us!

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SELF-LOVE: Work on your dreams no matter what vs rest no matter what ๐Ÿค”

You need to listen to your body and rest when needed ๐Ÿ™
I have been working too much + had too much stress in November and December and I still ‘feel it’ in my body ๐Ÿ˜ซ. Even though i’m not working that much now in January, I have finally lazy weekends and sleep well ๐Ÿ›Œ, I still feel tired and don’t have that energy to jump into spiral of work ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ and have been taking it slowly so far in the 1st half of January and that’s ok ๐Ÿ˜‰. I’m still moving forward, just taking small steps.
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Don’t push yourself if you don’t feel like it โš ๏ธ. Don’t say “I’ll do it no matter what!” if you don’t want to do it โš ๏ธ. It may seem contradictory to me pushing you to follow your dreams and to work on yourself but it’s not, you just have to find that balance โš–.
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If you’ll be pushing yourself and not feel like it not only your body will give up and you will feel tired all the time but you’ll drop that dream/project quickly as forcing yourself to work on it won’t make you happy ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ.
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Create a healthy, individual routine for yourself ๐Ÿ˜Š. Try what works for you and what doesn’t. I work 8h at my full-time ‘normal’ job, then work 4-5h on my projects/dream and always need those 3-4h of rest in the evening when I watch Netflix with my husband ๐Ÿคฉ, workout and/or play PS4 ๐Ÿ•น. And as for weekends I work on my projects for couple hours on Saturdays (but not each Saturday) and always leave Sunday fully off to do nothing and let my body and mind rest ๐Ÿค—.

What works best for you?