Looking for a simple way to fit self-care into your busy schedule?
It's time to break the nasty habit of putting yourself last. In just a few minutes a day, Cards for Self-Care can help you get ahead of your to-do list, and invite more ease, joy and connection into your life.
Cards for Self-Care are a set of thirty-six cards divided into six categories: write, speak, ask, rest, move and affirm. Each category suggests simple prompts to help you practice self-care in the moment. Each prompt takes five minutes or less to complete, and will leave you feeling refreshed, grounded and ready to tackle your day. Based on principles in mindfulness, self-compassion and self-compassion, the cards are a proven method to develop healthier mindset and self-care habits.
"Cards for Self-Care give me permission to pause. I always return to my workday feeling more centred. I use them with my community to switch off autopilot, and facilitate deeper connections."
• Emily Antflick, Founder of Shecosystem: Coworking & Wellness
ABOUT THE DECK:
The cards can be used daily or weekly, or just when you need them, alone, with another or with a group! Shuffle them and pull one at random, or work through them category by category. It’s up to you.
They also make for a unique and thoughtful gift - one with depth and lots of heart.
Bring the benefits of self-care into your everyday life and learn how to give yourself the love and time you give everyone else.
We tell ourselves that we don't have time for self-care. After all, we're committed to the #hustle, motivating ourselves to accomplish more, and become a better version of ourselves. But on a deeper level, we know that our driving ourselves into the ground on a daily basis is actually preventing us from being in alignment with who we really are and taking risks that matter.
In her ground-breaking research on self-compassion, Dr. Kristin Neff shows that when we achieve results by driving ourselves and judging ourselves harshly, our minds and bodies perceive that judgment as a threat, which raises our levels of cortisol andadrenaline. This keeps us in nearly constant flight or fight mode. (You'll recognize as that constant lack of safety you feel) At its least harmful, having poor self-care habits keeps us stressed and unable to do our best creative work; at its most harmful it’s a deadly concoction that leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
In contrast, self-care, kindness, and compassion activate our mammalian caregiving system, reducing our stress levels and flooding us with oxytocin and opiates -- the feel good hormones. Experiencing our own tender loving care helps us feel safe, putting us in an optimal mindset to make strong decisions and do our best when confronted with challenges.