Happy Lunar New Year!
As we continue to settle ourselves into 2016, I wanted to touch one issue that has made a considerable difference in the lives of many of my patients: ritual. In this new year, perhaps it’s time to start a new ritual: the self-care ritual.
I find that many patients have endless energy and knowledge about how to take care of business, family and friends, but are completely lost on how to start taking care of themselves. Occasional vacations or trips to your acupuncturist are a good start, but taking care of yourself can easily be added as part of a daily ritual. The ritual can be as little as telling yourself that today is going to rock, or as (hopefully) commonplace as brushing your teeth every morning. By adding little moments to your morning or evening routine, you can slowly create more time for you, which will help you take care of the most important person in your life: you.
Since we’re all super-attached to our phones, I’ve picked out a couple of apps (free) that can help you get your ritual of self-care started.
Fabulous- Motivate Me!
Fabulous is a truly fabulous app, even if that word isn’t in your vernacular. With a colorful user interface, Fabulous helps you design a morning or evening ritual around goals for productivity, relaxation, etc. Set an alarm for when you want your ritual to begin and either add their suggestions like “Meditate” or “Eat a Great Breakfast”, or create your own like “Call Your Parents”.
Two great bonuses include the ability to allot time for each activity, allowing the app to countdown the time till you can stop “Be(ing) Grateful”, and the inclusion of mini-tutorials on most rituals. Not sure how to squeeze in a quick 8-minute workout in the AM? Fabulous has 7-minute workouts built in. Not even sure where to being meditating? Fabulous can help guide you through that as well. Plus, as each new habit/ritual you add is displayed on a checklist, giving you added satisfaction of checking of all the awesome you’ve done for you today.
Journey allows you to mircoblog to yourself. While talking to yourself is still socially frowned upon, writing to yourself is not only therapeutic, it’s a way to indulge yourself. No need to self-edit, just type in or speak some quick memos about what’s up and what you’re over. A really easy UI that allows you to add notes and pictures about today as things are happening. You can allow it to also automatically tag you geographically, so that you can see where you thoughts and ideas germinated.
Great for road trips and travel and just forcing yourself to stop and think about your world around you. Plus it can automatically sync with your Google Drive, allowing you to save all your diary info as long as Google and life as we know it is still around. 🙂
I hope you’ll find one of these apps useful to helping you focus more on you over the next year! See you all in 2016!
Love, Peace, Needles,