Welcome to "Mindful Music Monday Mug" & "Love Yourself Challenge" . We are informal here. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too!
Welcome back self-care ninjas! How has your week been? Have you tried out rising earlier? How has it been?
I haven’t because we rise early anyway. 7 am is laying in for us and I had the chance to develop a good morning routine with breakfast with my husband, walking the dog and journaling before I start blogging.
Before we go on to chapter 4 of "Singing in the Rain"let’s have a look at the extra March feature on “Bee SelfCaring”
For the month of March “Mindful Music Monday Mug” has an added bonus: I am taking part in a challenge called “Love Yourself” by Carol Anne from “Therapy Bits” in which she invites us to find something we love about ourselves every day. One heck of a challenge I would say. But maybe it’s not so difficult for you?
Here is what Carol Anne wrote on the first day of the challenge:
"List something, or more than one thing, you love about yourself, for the entire month of march!
Each day, we’ll make a daily post calling it love yourself challenge, and list what you love about yourself!"
Self-care and Loving yourself!
I believe that part of caring for ourselves is to develop healthy self-esteem especially if you live with a mental health problem. I often find it rather hard to find things that I like about myself so finding 31 of them is definitely a challenge.
And I am taking the challenge, Carol Anne! Thanks for hosting it!!!
Love Yourself Challenge Day 10
Wow already day 10 and I have missed 6 of them. That shows how hard it is for me to find something I love about myself. So, I just do 5-10 in one go:
I love about myself that I am courageous, intelligent, a little quirky, that I can cook, that I like to explore the public footpaths around here and that I take photos of some of them.
Often I do not feel courageous at all but leaving your home country without a job and building up a new life is still quite courageous I would say. Also leaving my job to try out self-employment is quite courageous and we still have to see how that works out ;-). No comments for the rest so we can move on...
Carol was busy with life so we connect this post with her day 4
What’s in our mugs this week?
And why mugs in this blog feature?
If you have signed up for the Bee SelfCaring/The Bee Writes… newsletter you got a download about easy daily steps to self-care. One of which is my “Self-appreciation mug”. No, it does not mean to get arrogant about yourself it means to allow yourself a mug (or glass) of your favourite beverage while contemplating what you have achieved and giving yourself praise for it.
This is a great way to raise your self-esteem and to realise how far you have come which in turn will encourage to make more changes for the better.
This week we are going back to mugs and coffee. I can’t drink coffee currently because my stomach isn’t quite right but I do love a good latte or Cappucino at times. That is why I went out to hunt for a great recipe and here it is:
Video Credit: N’Oven - cake & cookies via YouTube
You can read the recipe underneath the video on YouTube
Singing in the Rain ~ week 4 ~ Dressing
So this week’s challenge, if you want to call Rachel Kelly’s advice that, is to have a look at your wardrobe. She encourages us to sort through all our clothes and let go of anything that doesn’t make us feel relaxed, authoritative, boosts our mood and is orderly. She explains that how we dress has a huge effect on how we feel but also how we are treated.
As you can see from my above picture and the intro that we are informal here, I am not the most fashionable of bloggers but have set myself the challenge this year to keep a look at myself and how I look. I dare to publish selfies as I am because I believe that the emphasis on looks is not always helpful. However, what Rachel writes about is not to feel bad because we do not have a certain look. It is about maintaining a wardrobe that helps us feel good in ourselves and that is never a bad thing.
One of her suggestions sounds good to me: She draws stick people and creates on them clothes combinations that help her feel good and when she is in a hurry or when she is just not feeling that good she goes back to those outfits and just one of them. That is life made easy in my books.
Singing in the Rain is a workbook and so she offers a set of questions to help you sort through your wardrobe but also four illustrations of people to create your own outfis.
That is why I encourage you to check out Rachel's "Singing in the Rain ~ An Inspirational Workbook" by Rachel Kelly on Amazon.
(I am not affiliated with Rachel Kelly and get no rewards for this suggestion)
Mindfulness in March
Now while I haven’t had the chance to upgrade my wardrobe yet I had the chance through some Amazon vouchers to purchase Mindfulness a Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World which I would suggest to anyone who wants to get started with Mindfulness.
It was suggested to me by my GP (I wrote about it here on “The Bee Writes…” )
last year when I struggled deeply with depression and had to wait for therapy which in the end I did not get. This book and its exercises have kept me sane since though. My GP said that this is the best introduction to Mindfulness because it comes from a scientific standpoint and doesn’t do these new age kind of things.
So if you are interested in Mindfulness and what it means but are not in any way spiritual or new age orientated try out this book to find a way towards a mindful life.
And here one of the authors of the book on the science of Mindfulness
Video credit: Oxford Mindfulness via YouTube
This weeks Music
I have encouraged you to create a music list with pieces that helps you in your self-care. One part of good self-care is good sleep and this piece of music has often help me relax well. So this week I encourage you to share music that helps you sleep.
Video source: Relaxing - meditation relax clips via YouTube
Mindful Music Monday Mug Chat
Self-care is especially important when times are rough and too much is going on everywhere. So I believe it is good to meet up and have a cuppa together and share your story. However, we cannot always do that physically and so I have started the "Mindful Music Monday Mug Chat". You can join in with this link every Tuesday unless differently stated at 1 pm GMT (that is London time ~ please find your time here)
The link will ask you if you want to open it in the Skype app but you can open it online too. You can either join as a guest or sign in with your Microsoft account. For now, we are going to have a written conversation but we’ll keep an open mind and see where it will lead us.
What else do you need? A cup of tea, coffee or any other of your favourite beverage, a song to share and a polite manner. If you join in on the web you can only share files from your laptop or computer but if you join with an account you can also share YouTube videos, searches and other files to make our conversation more interesting.
I am looking forward to meeting you there!
And to remind ourselves how to take part:
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO TAKE PART IN THE MINDFUL MUSIC MONDAY MUG
~ I invite you to appreciate yourself with a cup of your favourite beverage or the recipe I introduce in this post
~Additionally I offer you questions, exercises and ideas to explore self-care, self-love and self-improvement.
~ I invite you to share your ideas and experiences in the comments or write a blog post about it and leave the link in the comments.
~ Also feel free to visit the blogs of our fellow self-care explorer ninjas.
image source: Mindfulness Exercises
Now dear self-care explorer ninja’s
Come, chat about self-care
Share some great music
And have lots of fun!
I am not a health professional. My posts describe my thoughts, my experiences and my conclusions about life, mental health and self-improvement. My described actions always go alongside therapy and do not substitute professional advice by a health professional be it a doctor, therapist or counsellor.
I invite you to try out self-care tools, however, if any of these make you feel uncomfortable please stop and do not go further ahead. Also, if any of the tools suggested bring up issues that need dealing with do not hesitate to reach out for professional help. To recognise when you need to stop and when to reach out for professional or any other help is one important part to learn when it comes to self-care.
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