Self-care Jump Start, Day 1

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Good morning, beauty! Happy New Year! Welcome to your 30-day Self-care Jump Start. Every day this month I’ll be posting some simple ideas for self-care that will help you get your new year off to a healthy, happy start. Too many of us approach January 1st with a litany of perceived flaws we would like to change: Drop a few dress sizes. Stop(!) eating cake. No more alcohol again, ever. Be less selfish and give more to charity. Stop being lazy and finally train for that marathon. And maybe learn a couple of languages in my spare time. (I don’t know about you, but I have tons of spare time.) There is nothing wrong with a little bit of self-improvement. But my goal with my clients and my aim with myself is to start with nurturing and nourishing the person we are right now, today. Building a foundation of self-love and nurturing daily habits can be a powerful (and pleasurable) springboard for tackling the bigger, longer-range goals and challenges. And it comes from a place of sweetness rather than mean self-judgement so it’s a lot more fun.

The aim of this program is to help you establish some happy, nourishing daily habits, pleasurably and simply.

And now, without further ado…

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NAP.

Chances are you are home from work today. Chances are also good that you stayed up until at least midnight. So take advantage of the cozy home and the sleepy eyes to grab yourself a little snooze. A recent Wall Street Journal article on naps says,

“Sara Mednick, an assistant psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, said the most useful nap depends on what the napper needs.
For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch.
For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Mednick said. Including slow-wave sleep helps with remembering facts, places and faces. The downside: some grogginess upon waking.
Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. Waking up after REM sleep usually means a minimal amount of sleep inertia, Dr. Mednick said.
Experts say the ideal time to nap is generally between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Napping later in the day could interfere with nighttime sleep.”You can read the rest of the article here. Perhaps after your cat nap?Again, a very happy New Year to you. We’re off to a happy, healthy start!Warmly,
Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

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