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Loving Acceptance of Yourself

DAY 3 – MOVING & FEELING

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The topic for today is around Moving + Feeling.
Moving is a basic expression of our life energy. Maintaining a dynamic balance of movement and rest is essential to our health and wellbeing. The expression of feeling – fear, sadness, anger, joy – serves to motivate both thought and action and acts as an internal guidance system.

BELOW YOU WILL FIND THE SELF-CARE PRACTICES. I INVITE YOU TO EXPLORE THESE. FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR INSIGHTS INSIDE THE FACEBOOK GROUP

SELF-CARE PRACTICE FOR DAY 3

Moving

Moving is a basic expression of our life energy. Maintaining a dynamic balance of movement and rest is essential to our health and wellbeing.

Wellness Inventory - 5 Moving
MY FAVOURITE WAYS TO MOVE
We all have different ways in which we like to bring movement into our life. Some like to play sports, others like to run, ride their bike, go to exercise class or practice yoga. Others like to take long walks. Others like to dance. Still, others like to garden, do housework, or walk their dog.
What are your favourite ways to move?
Make a list of all of the types of movement you can think of that you really enjoy.
After you have created your list, ask yourself: What are some of the ways you enjoyed moving as a child?
Did you like to run and jump, crawl in the grass, climb trees, skip, play games? Make a list of everything that comes to mind.
After you finish the exercise, you should have many creative options for integrating healthy movement into your life. You don’t need to go to the gym or do formal exercise to bring movement into your life.
Share your experience. You can be as detailed as you choose to be.

Feeling

The expression of feeling – fear, sadness, anger, joy – serves to motivate both thought and action and acts as an internal guidance system.

Wellness Inventory - 6 Feeling
FEELINGS AND EXPECTATIONS: DEEPENING EMOTIONAL AWARENESS
Often, our emotions are a result of some unfulfilled expectation (in the form of an internal or external desire or demand). Asking yourself the next few questions may help clarify the connection between feeling states and expectations. Using these questions several times in the course of a day, or whenever you’re feeling unhappy, may increase your emotional awareness quotient.
Exercise
What am I feeling?
  • Am I mad/sad/scared?
  • What is happening in my body?
  • How, if at all, is this feeling affecting my thinking now?
  • How, if at all, is this feeling affecting my overall mood right now?
When did this feeling start?
  • What was happening at the time or what occasioned it?
Was there a desire/demand I had that was unmet, thus giving rise to this feeling?
  • What expectation was unfulfilled? (For example, I expected/demanded that Frank would shower me with compliments for my cooking, and I felt angry when he didn’t. Or, I secretly hoped for a problem-free workday; when frustrations arose, I became depressed, thinking there was something wrong with me.)
How realistic is/was this expectation?
Are you able or willing to relax this expectation/demand/desire, even a little?
What happens when you ease up a bit on the expectation, allowing things to be as they are?
Congratulations! Investigating these questions may lead you into some challenging or even uncomfortable places – but taking the risk is generally worth it.
Share your experience. You can be as detailed as you choose to be.

CONGRATULATIONS ON TAKING THE TIME TO PUTTING YOURSELF FIRST!

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