SoSL: Down & Dirty Self Care Tips

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As the self proclaimed Realistic Mystic, I feel obligated to keep things 100% honest with y’all.

So I feel very comfortable saying that the popular self care tips that seem to circulate online aren’t for all of us. And they’re not for most of us all of the time. I know there’s a lot of you who follow this blog who have depression (like me). I know there’s at least one of you who has Lyme disease. I’m sure there’s many more of y’all who have mental/physical issues that zap your energy.

These tips are for y’all. Not all of these tips are going to work for all of you. That’s okay. Take what works for you, use the rest as a springboard to come up with ideas that will work for your situation.

This is my love letter to my fellow Spoonies out there. You deserve access to self love, too. You deserve the peace of mind knowing that you need to be able to survive before you can thrive, and that’s okay. I love you, and I believe in you. You’ve got this.

Now, onto the tips!

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SoSL: The Power of the Personal Myth

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The Summer of Self Love continues! Real quick, allow me to say Happy Leo Season! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that this is one of my favorite times of the year. I hope you all are well.

 

Stories Are Important

As a hillbilly, I know this to be truth. We’re a group of people with a long and rich history of participating in the oral tradition. Stories are how we teach the youngsters, it’s how we let others know our perspective–how we relate to and interact with the world around us.

Thankfully, academia also knows the power and importance of story telling to humanity as a whole.

 

Humans are inclined to see narratives where there are none because it can afford meaning to our lives, a form of existential problem-solving.ย  [x]

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SoSL: Links Round Up!

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And so it begins again, dear reader! The Summer of Self Love is back! To get things started, I thought I’d gather a list of links to articles I wrote this time last year, articles from other authors I’ve found useful, and a few products you may find helpful in your self care journey.

Let’s go!

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The 5 Elements of Self Care

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So we’ve covered the very basics of self care–what it is, why it’s important, how to know when we need it. I’ve even given you brief tips about how to start a self care practice by putting morning and night routines in place. But I understand even with those starting points, putting a self care routine in place can still be daunting.ย  What do you do to care for the self? Where do you even begin?

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Self Care 101

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I talk a lot about self care both in casual conversation and across my different social media platforms. I encourage friends and family members to work on their self care practice, and I even hosted an e-course last year, detailing how to begin the process of self care. But I don’t think I’ve ever really gone into much detail on the blog about self care. So let’s rectify that right now.

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Freebies Galore!

Can you say ‘galore’ when the freebies number two? I’m not sure. But whatever–free shit! Things you don’t have to pay for! Hell yeah!

Why?

Because it’s nearly Halloween, and Halloween gets me hella pumped about life and witchcraft and all that good shit. It makes me feel especially generous, and so you reap the benefits of that. Cool? Cool.

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This one does exactly as it says on the tin. Er…graphic. My most popular blog posts are, by far, the ones dealing with using astrology to help with shadow work. Y’all have spoken, and I have heard: MORE! So enjoy this free PDF download to help you get jump started.

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(Psst! Want more freebies like the one above? Sign up to my newsletter to join a growing community of Shadownauts and get your hands on the upcoming sequel to this PDF all about the Houses. Coming soon!)

(Notice: #SC4SW has ended, but will be back in 2017)

And what goes hand-in-hand with shadow work? Self care! Learn about my new, free, 3 week e-course, #SelfCare4SpiritWorkers by clicking on the graphic below!

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Happy almost-Halloween, y’all!

Got a suggestion for a blog post or freebie you’d like me to write? Drop it in a comment below–I love to share with you, but I need to know what it is you want to hear. Don’t be shy!

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Deprogramming: Affirmations

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So, if you’re like me, you’ve spent most of your life thinking affirmations are stupid and pointless.

Blunt, I know, but I also know that I can’t be alone in that. I really did not see the point of them. I saw people who were affirmation-happy as not really doing or accomplishing anything. I viewed them basically as a new-age-y placebos.

And then 2016 happened.

I don’t know what it is about this year. 2016 for me has been the year of The Hanged Man. I’ve been going back on so many of my “I will never!”s. Not things centered in morality, just things I either never connected with or found value in.

I decided to give gems/crystals a shot. I’m writing my own affirmations. The world is upside down.

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SoSL: Empowerment Ritual

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Happy Friday, y’all! How have you been this week? I hope you’re well. I’m doing alright. Most I can really complain about is the fact I lost my one fucking piece of amethyst and I’m kinda pissed about it. I know that’s the only thing I can really complain about because it just keeps returning to my mind when not dealing with actual problems or things that really matter.

Hopefully I find it soon. I really can’t figure out where it could have gone.

Anyway…On to the first post of this year’s admittedly truncated Summer of Self-Love!

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