Self-Care September – Week Three

Sunday, September 13 – Today is National Positive Thinking Day. Join me in painting a rock with an image that symbolizes positivity for you or maybe a favorite positive word. Then upload a picture of your rock to this Padlet so we can see it! Will you keep your rock or place it outdoors for someone to find?

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Monday, September 14 – Today is National Coloring Day. Coloring for adults is a mindfulness activity that can help alleviate stress. Here is an autumn mandala you can print and color with pencils, crayons or markers.

Tuesday, September 15 – Fall is a great time to de-clutter. The problem is most thrift stores aren’t accepting donations during the pandemic. You could still de-clutter paper, magazines and other items that can be recycled, though.

Wednesday, September 16 – It’s Workout Wednesday again! This time I am sharing a free weights exercise routine for beginners. Like the other workouts, you can do these while remaining safer at home. You can get free weights from Five Below, if you don’t have them.

Thursday, September 17 – The Self-Care of Forgiveness:  New Moon Forgiveness Ritual. In this ritual, you are clearing your energy by letting go of past hurts by others and disappointments you have about yourself. This is not to say you accept unacceptable behavior. You can hold onto the lessons while releasing the pain. If it is getting in your way, it is time to let it go. You will need a piece of paper, a pen, matches or a lighter, and a can, ceramic bowl, iron pot or other vessel safe for burning. You may also burn a rose pink candle and/or put out a rose quartz. Some water is also good to have as well as any cotton gauze. In a quiet space, write a letter of forgiveness to anyone or situation that has wronged you. Write another letter forgiving yourself for any disappointments. Drink the water, as you need it. When you have finished these letters, take three, slow, deep cleansing breaths. Go outside for the burning part of this ritual. Tear the paper into little bits and put it into the can (or other vessel). Place on a fire-safe surface, such as the ground or concrete. If you have a small piece of surgical gauze (it must be cotton), that makes a good fire-starter. Light a piece of paper or the gauze and burn the letters, watching the smoke go up. Say a prayer, if you like. Bury the ashes or dispose of them in flowing water. Be sure to extinguish the candle if it is burning.

Friday, September 188Fall Bucket List/Vision Board Virtual Workshop 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Here is the Zoom link. Bring your completed or almost-completed vision board or bucket list, plus your craft supplies, glue, scissors, tape, etc. If you have not made one, you can still attend and get inspired. A Fall Bucket List is a list of things you would like to do in the fall. There are many examples online. A Vision Board is a poster board or cork board collage of images, stickers, drawings, sayings and other media that you may build around a theme for something you wish to happen or a personal goal. For example, if you created a Fall Vision Board about walking for exercise everyday, you might include motivational sayings (see Pinterest for examples), photos of people walking in the Fall, pictures of trees, etc. Feel free to either or both. During this half hour, we will share our vision boards and bucket lists to motivate ourselves and inspire others. If there is time left over, we can work on them.

Saturday, September 19 – Today, call, Zoom or Facetime a loved one to get support and give support. Social connection is an especially important part of self-care during the isolating condition of the pandemic.

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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