How to Know When It’s Time for a Self-Care Tune-Up

Do you struggle often with physical pain? Mental worries, stress, or strife? Emotional unhappiness & discontent? 

Its-Tune-Up-TimeAs you probably already know, the foundation of a good life is good health.

While the concept of self-care can be applied to all areas of your life – career, spiritual well-being, relationships, and so on – what supports each of these areas is the care you provide for the amazing physical body & vehicle that takes you through life.

So how do you know when it’s time for a self-care tune-up?

First of all, let me just say that I believe deeply our body is a barometer for our soul.

Did you know emotional issues that go unaddressed over time can lead to physical issues and even chronic disease in the body?

For example, I’ve suffered on and off throughout my life with chronic low back pain.

According to Louise Hay, the author of You Can Heal Your Life, low back pain is associated with not feeling financially supported. AND, interestingly enough most of my childhood was spent without running water or electricity. I learned at an early age what it felt like to not feel financially supported and even today, if money is becomes “tight”, my low back flares up!

Can you see now how the health of our physical body can actually be a barometer for our emotional and mental state?

Conversely, if you’re experiencing chronic shame, guilt, depression, anger, or emotional discontent MORE than you are not (i.e. 50% or more of the time), it could be an indicator that something’s amiss and needs to be addressed in your life!

To identify if your body is in need of a tune-up, here are a few simple questions you can ask yourself which will help you take stock of your health and what you’re in need of:

  1. Is there a health-related issue that you’re concerned about?
  2. Is there something about your physical appearance that you feel self-conscious about?
  3. Are you experiencing chronic emotional unhappiness (i.e. more than 50% of the time)?
  4. Do you feel regularly feel foggy, exhausted, & unable to focus or concentrate?
  5. Are you in conflict regularly with others?
  6. Are you having a hard time staying positive & upbeat?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for a self-care tune-up! 🙂

So now that you’ve identified if it’s time for a tune-up, here are just a few tips that you can follow for tuning up your life:

  1. Take Charge of Your Health: The only person that can change how you feel is YOU & that starts with taking responsibility for the choices that will positively impact your health.
  2. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention & heed any physical or emotional warnings that your physical or emotional body is giving you. Go inward & reflect on what you really need. Ignoring what’s wrong will only make it worse!
  3. Choose Health Partners To Support You: Find a health practitioner, massage therapist, nutritionist, counselor, coach, or someone who specializes in what you’re struggling with. It’s important to find & build the right support team to help you transform!
  4. Find the Right Emotional Support: Reach out to trusted friends & loved ones for love & support. It’s important not to isolate & do things on your own!
  5. Get Plenty of Downtime & Rest: Make sure that you’re getting plenty of rest each night AND that you’re taking regular & consistent time in your schedule for downtime and time away from your everyday stressors. As you know, all work & no play makes Jack & Jill a dull boy or girl!
  6. Eat Right & Exercise: Make sure that you are nourishing your body with high quality, healthy food & regular exercise. Your body needs fuel to keep your life force energy & fire stoked!
  7. Foster Your Creativity: Artistic & creative pursuits are a great way to foster deeper self-expression & can be incredibly healing!
  8. Make Time for Fun: Engage in hobbies & activities just for fun. In order to live a fulfilling life, fun needs to be a priority!

These are just a few ideas to get you started but the most important one is #1!

If you aren’t willing to take charge of your health and do what it takes to fine-tune your body, mind, & spirit, it’s likely nothing will change.

And imagine… if nothing changes, what will your life be like a year from now? Five years from now? Ten years from now? Probably not great.

So take back control of your life and make yourself a priority once again! You’re worth it. 🙂


Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to break free from limitation & set themselves free!

Are you ready to be your very own hero?

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

To receive daily inspiration on how to love your SELF, your HEALTH, and your LIFE, be sure to follow Jess on social media! 🙂

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108 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care 1What does self-care mean to you?

After empowering my clients to love them self, their health, and their life for almost 8 years now, I’ve found that self-care is different and unique for everyone.

Sadly, some consider self-care to be selfish or the lowest priority on the list amidst all the daily responsibilities, commitments, and distractions.

In fact, self-sacrificing tendencies happen to be the #1 ego fixation or compulsion that show up in my clients, resulting in self-inflicted bitterness, anger, and resentment that poisons their relationship to self and others.

Worse, I’ve worked with many who are so disconnected from themselves that they don’t even know what energizes, fuels, and inspires them (qualities that I consider to be prerequisites for what could be considered self-care!).

It’s not until these clients realize that self-care is actually the #1 thing they can do in they life that will not only bring them all that they desire, but it will also allow them to show up and contribute to the world from a place of fullness (vs. emptiness and drain).

Not only that but self-care is what allows us to take back control of our self, our health, and our life in a complete and whole  way! 🙂

To give you ideas of what self-care could look like, I want to share 108 ways to practice self-care that just might completely change your life!

 

108 Ways to Practice Self-Care

1.    Practice gratitude daily
2.    Spend time in nature
3.    Drink lots of water
4.    Set boundaries with your money, time, & energy
5.    Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet
6.    Fuel & energize your body consistently
7.    Exercise regularly
8.    Learn from setbacks & mistakes
9.    Take time for downtime or meditation
10.    Practice breath work
11.    Eat lots of organic fruits & vegetables
12.    Recycle
13.    Gently speak your truth
14.    Ask for help
15.    Practice generosity
16.    Nurture & soothe yourself when hurt
17.    Be willing to receive
18.    Grow your own garden
19.    Paint your cares away
20.    Dance like no one’s watching
21.    Play & have fun
22.    Let yourself putter
23.    Do things just for the joy of it
24.    Draw or doodle
25.    Journal
26.    Set intentions for your day, week, month, year, & life
27.    Get a massage
28.    Learn to say no
29.    Carry snacks with you
30.    Take a hot bath
31.    Disconnect from the hustle & bustle
32.    Take a nap if you need it
33.    Watch a funny movie
34.    Sing or listen to music
35.    Meet or call a good friend just to hang out
36.    Write poetry
37.    Do a cleanse
38.    Use essential oils for health & well-being
39.    Get a babysitter
40.    Have a date night
41.    Spend time at the beach
42.    Spend time in the mountains
43.    Go camping
44.    Read a good book
45.    Find a hobby or craft project to work on
46.    Go to the park & swing on a swing
47.    Take photos for fun
48.    Listen to or read personal development books or programs
49.    Practice creative visualization
50.    Assess your progress after every setback AND success
51.    Go for a walk
52.    Take a vacation
53.    Sit in a hot spring pool or tub
54.    Face your fears
55.    Buy yourself flowers
56.    Let go of clutter (environmental & emotional)
57.    Nurture, love, & heal your inner child
58.    Drink herbal tea
59.    Shield yourself from negativity
60.    Immerse yourself in positivity
61.    Practice tai-chi, qi gong, or yoga
62.    Set up email rules
63.    Unsubscribe from newsletters
64.    Manage your time effectively
65.    Work smart (vs. hard)
66.    Take leisurely drives
67.    Make a bucket list
68.    Brighten up your wardrobe
69.    Book a healing session
70.    Hire a coach
71.    Spend time reconnecting with family
72.    Create affirmation cards
73.    Create a vision board
74.    Pay it forward
75.    Smile & be nice… just because.
76.    Practice mindfulness
77.    Actively listen to yourself & others
78.    Make love
79.    Laugh out loud
80.    Spend time with your pets
81.    Get enough rest
82.    Go for a hike in nature
83.    Cuddle or hug someone
84.    Remove what no longer serves you
85.    Celebrate your successes
86.    Turn off the T.V. & the news
87.    Take a break from social media
88.    Have fun with cooking
89.    Surround yourself with loving, supportive people
90.    Re-decorate your office or your home
91.    Schedule ALL life activities into your calendar, including self-care!
92.    Go for a bike ride
93.    Know your strengths & core values
94.    Embrace & transform your imperfections
95.    Put yourself first (instead of last)
96.    Go inward for guidance
97.    Surrender to the unknown
98.    Stop comparing yourself to others
99.    Practice unconditional love
100.    Take risks
101.    Reduce/eliminate animal products & processed foods from your diet
102.    Forgive yourself & others
103.    Stand up for yourself
104.    Take time to feel & identify your emotions
105.    Be of service
106.    Walk or lay in the grass with your bare feet
107.    Sit in the sun for a few minutes every day
108.    Determine your life’s purpose or deepest desires

Now that you have a clearer sense of what self-care looks like, feel free to expand upon this list!

The number of ways to practice self-care are limitless and totally unique to you, your likes, your interests, etc…

In addition, anything that fuels, energizes, or inspires you is fueling in nature so pick something that meets one of these criteria.

AND, if you’re not sure where to start here’s a hint:

Start by doing something brings you JOY! 🙂


Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to LOVE them SELF, their HEALTH, and their LIFE!

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

To receive daily inspiration on how to LOVE your SELF, your HEALTH, and your LIFE, be sure to follow me on social media! 🙂

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How to Re-Ignite & LIGHT Up Your Life!

Ignite Your PassionDo you feel stuck, like you are drifting through life without direction?

Do you wonder what it would be like to love yourself more completely without judgment, shame, or regret?

Would you like to take better care of your health and your life?!

If you’re like me (i.e. human), there’s always room for improvement in your life. This is not because you’re a bad person or just can’t get it right, but because the very nature of human existence is change and evolution.

Ironically, change is something we tend to resist for many reasons – fear, safety, security,lack of self-esteem, etc…

That being said, change is also the thing (when embraced) that could re-ignite and LIGHT up our lives!

So, if you answered yes to even ONE of the questions above, I’m curious…

What would it take for you to step outside your comfort zone? To change what’s not working? To truly love your SELF, your HEALTH, or your LIFE?!

To help you figure this out, I’d like to offer up some personal recommendations that I have found very helpful for re-igniting & LIGHT-ing up my own life when needed.

My recommendation is an 8-step process that works as follows:

  1. Determine where you are NOW. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being extraordinary), measure your satisfaction in each of the following areas:
    • SELF (representing your mindset, your opinion of yourself as a person, your mental or spiritual health)
    • HEALTH (representing your satisfaction with your physical, emotional, or financial health)
    • LIFE (representing your satisfaction in life as it relates to your hobbies, your passions, your purpose, or your creativity)
  2. Determine what’s missing. In each of the 3 areas, write down what’s missing. This represents what you really desire!
  3. Determine what’s possible. For everything that’s missing or that you desire, write down all the possible ways you might bring that thing into fruition.
  4. Set intentions. For each area, choose the ONE new action you could take or ritual you could implement that would make the biggest difference in each area. TIP: Choose actions and rituals that are believe-able (to yourself), realistic, and enjoyable. The higher your belief that you can accomplish this action or ritual and the more enjoyable it is, the more likely you are to succeed!
  5. Create an agreement. Make a commitment to yourself to implement the action or ritual you have chosen. Create time in your schedule and schedule it! Make it a priority to create change in your life and set the intention to embrace the journey along the way. Outline what you will do if you get off track and imagine how good it will feel once your goal is accomplished!
  6. Assess your progress. As you work and play toward your goal, assess your progress by checking in regularly to ask yourself questions that will help you transform setbacks into success. What works? What doesn’t work? What can you do differently as you move forward or when you make mistakes?
  7. Be patient. Accomplishments rarely occur overnight. Be prepared to course-correct when you fall off the wagon or make mistakes along the way. This is a normal part of the process and there are many lessons, gifts, and wisdom that can be gained from these setbacks! Use these lessons and this wisdom to help you get back on track.
  8. Celebrate your successes. Along the way, celebrate the small wins and successes you have. When you accomplish your final goal, celebrate the end result! Reward yourself for a job well-done. Honor yourself with self-talk and self-motivation that’s kind and loving in nature!

There you have it! 🙂

If you’re serious about creating change and you’re really ready to re-ignite and LIGHT up your life, I encourage you sit down and spend an hour going through the steps outlined above.

Would it be worth the one hour you spend today getting clarity on how to create change if the end result re-ignites and LIGHTS up your life?!

If you’re like me, the answer is a resounding YES! Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes. 🙂


 

Jess Bonasso, otherwise known as The Self Care Goddess, empowers others to LOVE them SELF, their HEALTH, and their LIFE!

For more information, click HERE to learn about Jess OR call 720-333-6796 TODAY to schedule a *COMPLIMENTARY* Self Care Wellness Consult!

To receive daily inspiration on how to LOVE your SELF, your HEALTH, and your LIFE, be sure to follow me on social media! 🙂

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Speaking Your Truth: Volume II Book Launch Announced!

I am SUPER excited to announce that I am going be a published author for the first time EVER!

I will be a contributing author in an upcoming anthology called Speaking Your Truth: Volume II. This is an amazing book of inspiring stories of courage & authenticity from women around the world will be available for purchase Tuesday, August 9th on www.Amazon.com.

To learn more about the project and the other contributors, click here for more information. AND, be sure to join the Speaking Your Truth Facebook Fan Page!

My story is the second to last chapter in the book & is entitled I Choose Love. In it, I describe how I overcame the pain of my past to LOVING my life & LIVING my passion & my purpose.

Be sure to buy a copy the day of the book launch & tell me if you think my story of going from “victim to victorious” is inspiring! 🙂

 

Please share this video that I made to promote the launch of this new inspiring book with all of your friends & family & be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 9th to buy the book! 🙂

 

 

Here is what others are saying about the book:

“Speaking Your Truth presents a powerful, honest, and raw insight into real lives. The stories remind us of the power of faith and hope. I found myself applauding the courage of the authors and celebrating their personal discoveries.”

~Reverend Carolyn A. Abrams, United Methodist Minister and community activist

“The lessons in Speaking Your Truth are many and profound. Stories of triumph over childhood abuse, illness, poverty and failure are mixed with reminders that we are braver, stronger and smarter than we know and that neither money, appearance nor our own pasts can define who we are or who we can become.  The gentle beauty in this book lies in the heartbreaking, joyous and ultimately candid stories of everyday women and their ability to survive and, indeed, to blossom.”

~Diana DeLonzor, Author of Never Be Late Again, 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged

“The voice of the universe speaks to us through these courageous women who share their personal, heartfelt stories of truth, wisdom and courage. I was deeply moved. This book speaks to our souls and will stir you to feel more passion, depth and meaning in your own beautiful life. Read and share this book! It is a treasure.”

~Diana Drake Long, Author, Speaker, Coach