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20 Self-Care Habits – Book Review #1 ***Presales begin 2nd July *** bonus video in this post!

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Karin Brauner’s recently published book on Self Care is the first and only book you will need to buy on self care. Whether this is the first time you have dipped your toe in the world of wellness and self care or you are well versed on the subject, this is the only book you’ll even need. Well written,  with easy to follow instructions on how to reframe your life, this is a self care book with a difference.

The author is honest with the reader right from the beginning , she doesn’t sugar coat the reality, that living your true life, will require hard work, and dedication to understanding yourself.  That is just one of the reasons why this book is different from the rest, she is not offering a quick fix, there are of course little exercises that can be done in times of needs, but she is offering much more than that, she is offering a mindset reset, one that will change your whole life and you’ll finish the book knowing yourself better than you ever thought possible .

The book starts out by concentrating on the importance of boundaries in your life and highlights the tools needed to start structuring your own life with boundaries, dealing with ‘your mind, body, sprite and relationships’. You will learn how to structure your life in a way that is dictated by your needs and not societal demands.

As you realise that you too are worthy of happiness, the author guides you through the difficult relationships you may have to navigate, by not shying away from conflict, but meets them head on bringing about a new respect for both you and your relationships.


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Each chapter has a different theme that you can dip into at any time you are struggling with that particular issue in your life. You are given tips for improving the situation, but more importantly how to reduce the likelihood of coming across these situations again, you will have learned the tools to deal with the next step when needed. Each theme is fully explored,  then you will be lead through a series of visualisation exercises and given options for alternative outcomes, it’s the ultimate learning tool.

As you continue your journey into self awareness, it will become easier to identify old patterns, and make new behaviours.  The author gives you the power to say No, and in a world where saying yes is the only answer, you are helped to take back your power and own your own destiny and regain that control of your life.

Through a series of visualisation exercises, meditations, reframing and life hacks , you will learn how to take responsibility for your decisions. You will end up confident in your identity and living a life that is true to who you are at the core.

You learn how to trust yourself, after all who knows you better than you do, it’s time to start listening to yourself and this book gives you the tools to do so.

A.L.


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Welcome 2018!

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Dear readers,

I am so pleased to be starting 2018 with you all on board.

It really does make me smile every time I see an email alerting me of someone new following my blog!

So I just wanted to thank you all for your trust and for reading my posts and sharing them with your friends and family!

From next week, I will have lots of new content, one for every day of the week. Check out the image below to see what to expect each day of the week.

If you have any suggestions or any topics or questions you want to ask, don’t hesitate to message me.


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Got more questions than answers this December? / ¿Tienes más preguntas que respuestas este mes de Diciembre?

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2I have created this post as an opportunity for you to ask me any questions related to counselling, mental health, and other lifestyle and health related topics, and I will do my best to answer them in a series on Wednesdays starting January 10th 2018.

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1He creado este post como una oportunidad para que me hagas las preguntas que quieras en relación a psicoterapia, salud mental y otros temas de estilo de vida y salud. Haré todo lo posible por contestarlas comenzando en Enero 10 2018.

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Fin de año – tiempo de recapitular

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¿A dónde se fue este año? Siento como que pasó bastante rápido.

Es esa época del año donde comenzamos a pensar acerca de lo que este año trajo a nuestras vidas, lo que logramos – y lo que no logramos.4

Estamos bajo presión de planear nuestras resoluciones de Año Nuevo.

Quizá nos sintamos obligados a ir a varias celebraciones y a comprar regalos.

También es esa época del año en donde algunos nos podemos sentir algo solos o melancólicos. Si te identificas con esto, te recomiendo leer mis posts acerca de Ansiedad, 6y Pérdida y duelo. Estoy segura de que te ayudaran en estos tiempos.

 

 


En este post, quería dejarte con algunos tips para cuidar de ti mismo en esta época (puedes leer mis posts acerca de autocuidado para más tips):

  • Haz lo que se sienta bien para ti.

    • Di “no” cuando hay muchas demandas sobre tu tiempo, especialmente cuando lo que realmente quieres hacer es pasar una noche tranquila en casa. Puede que tus amigos se sientan defraudados porque no saliste con ellos, pero estarás siguiendo tus necesidades y estarás cuidando de ti mismo.
    • Di “sí” cuando estés feliz de hacer algo. Se notará si realmente quieres hacer algo, y lo podrás difrutar también.7
  • Haz lo que puedas permite economicamente.

    • No te sientas presionado a comprar regalos o comidas caras porque es lo que los demás esperan en esta época.
    • Haz un presupuesto para este fin de año, asi tendrás suficiente para pagar todos tus gastos sin preocupaciones.
    • Planea en anticipación del largo mes de enero – ahorra lo que necesitas y un poco mas si puedes – a muchos nos resulta difícil esperar la fecha de pago a finales de Enero!
  • Sé creativo con tus actividades de fin de año

    • Haz una caza o búsqueda de regalos!
      • Mi esposo y yo nos damos un presupuesto pequeño y elegimos una calle con tiendas o un centro comercial y nos damos una hora para hacer nuestra compra. Luego de una hora, nos reunimos a tomar o comer algo (según nuestro presupuesto!) e intercambiar nuestros regalos. Esto nos ayuda a mantenernos dentro de nuestro presupuesto, y los regalos suelen ser divertidos y curiosos, cosas que no nos compraríamos de otra forma; también ahorramos en papel de regalo y pasamos un buen rato juntos!
    • Pleanea fiestas en tu casa
      • Consigue un rompecabezas – o desempolva alguno que tengas guardado – y que todos contribuyan.
      • Consigue juegos de mesa o inventa algun juego tu mismo
      • Haz una fiesta “de traje” – en donde cada persona invitada trae algo de comer y/o beber, asi todos comparten los gastos y posiblemente también haya más comida y bebida para todos
  • pasa tiempo con tus familiares y amigos, pero no olvides pasar tiempo contigo mismo tambien!

    • renueva tus energías para iniciar bien el año nuevo
    • date metas realísticas para los primeros tres meses del año (dividiendo tus metas en cuartos puede ayudar a que no te agobies)
    • piensa de nuevo cuáles serán tus prioridades para este año que viene
    • lee un libro o haz algo que no has hecho el año que pasó
  • Da algo que ya no te sirva a caridad

  • Da a las personas de la calle

    • He tenido conversaciones y momentos agradables con las personas que desafortunadamente viven en la calle. Es triste el hecho de que estén en esta situación, pero dar un poco de tu tiempo y tal vez comprarles un sandwich puede hacer que amobs se sientan bien!

 


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End of year – time to recap!

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Where has this year gone! It feels like it has just flown by.

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It’s that time of the year where we begin to think about what this year brought to our lives, what we achieved – and what we didn’t.

We are urged to plan our New Year resolutions.

We feel obliged to attend a variety of parties and buy presents.

5It’s also that time of the year where we might feel a bit lonely or melancholic. If you are feeling this way, do have a look at my In Therapy posts on Anxiety and Loss and Grief, I am sure they will help you during these times.

 


In this post I just wanted to leave you with some Self-Care tips during this time:

  • Do what feels right for you.

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    • Say “no” when a lot is demanded of you, when what you really want to do is just to spend a quiet evening in. You might disappoint some people, but will be true to yourself and your needs.
    • Say “yes” if you are happy to say yes. If you really want to do something, it will show and you will enjoy it even more.
  • Do what you can afford to do.

    • don’t feel pressured to buy expensive gifts or meals because it’s what’s expected at this time of year.
    • Budget this end of the year, so you have enough to pay for everything and not have any worried.
    • Plan ahead for January – save what you need and a bit more if you can – many of us struggle waiting for payday at the end of January!
  • Be creative with your end of the year activities

    • Go gift hunting!
      • My husband and I set a small budget and a set of shops (maybe one street or one shopping centre) and give ourselves an hour to go get something. After an hour, we meet at a restaurant we like for a drink or a meal (depends on our budget!) and exchange our presents. We stay within budget, we get quirky, fun things that we wouldn’t have bought otherwise, we save on wrapping paper and we get to spend time together!
    • Plan a party at home
      •  get a puzzle and get everyone to pitch in.
      • get some board games or make up your own.
      • get everyone to bring something to the party so the expenses are shared and there is more to share
  • Spend time with loved ones but don’t forget to spend time with yourself!

    • renew your energies for the start of the New Year
    • give yourself realistic goals for the first three months of the year (doing it in quarters might work better and you won’t get overwhelmed)
    • rethink your priorities for the next year
    • read a book you’ve left on the side the past year
  • Give to charity

  • Give to the homeless

    • I have had some great conversations with people on the street. It is unfortunate that they are in that situation, but giving a bit of your time to have a chat, or buy them a drink or a sandwich – it won’t break your budget – will feel good to both of you.


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Free 2018 Printable Calendar!

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Dearest Readers,

These past few months have been great for me in regards to starting my blog. I have had such good responses, and a nice following has started to grow.

Yes, that’s you I’m talking about, my lovely readers. It makes my day to see that more and more of you are subscribing, enjoying and getting something out of what I so carefuly write for you.

So, as a thank you for your time reading, commenting, following and sharing my posts, I have created my 2018 Printable Calendar – click here!


I hope you like it and use it this coming year, and that it motivates you to keep reading, keep up with staying healthy mentally, physically and spiritually, through good self-care and great mental health!

If you ever do need any support in these areas, do let me know and I will do my best to help out!


Do share this calendar with your friends and family – they might want a free printable calendar for 2018, and they might be interested in subscribing to my blog as well!

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Looking forward to ending 2017 well, with more great posts for you and yours, and to start 2018 with the best foot forward!

Lots of love,

Karin


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