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Elisa Goldstein, Ph.D.Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
A blog about mindfulness, stress-reduction, psychotherapy and mental health.

Practice a Self-Care Diet

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Sep 26th 2012

walkingNo one ever said life was going to be easy, it’s full of ups and downs. That is why it’s very important to be mindful of a self-care diet. The main question we want to ask ourselves is “What is one thing I can do right now or today that is an act of love myself?” 

Here are 7 ideas that you can begin to implement right now to support a Self-Care Diet in daily life. 

 

  1. Start your morning by thinking of five things you're grateful for.

  2. If possible, practice mindful eating for a few minutes in the morning, or mindfully drink your coffee or tea.

  3. Practice a Mindful Check-In (from The Now Effect) once or twice daily.

  4. Take at least a 20-minute walk each day to care for your body.

  5. Put your hands on your heart and wish yourself well -- to be healthy and to be happy.

  6. When things are tough, just acknowledge that it's a hard moment and keep your critics at bay.

  7. At night, look back on the day, forgive all the people you're holding a grudge against, release that burden and have a better night's sleep.

 

The point of this is to keep it simple, there’s no need to overthink it. Just stick with these seven, treat this week as an experiment to put some of these to work and see what you notice. 

If you have others that come to mind or you notice yourself bringing different ones into your day, just note that you’re doing them while you’re doing them. 

At the end of the day, look back and consider what actions you took as part of the self-care diet. Also, look back and see where they may have been opportunities that you missed. It’s best if this latter part is done from a more objective eye with the intention of refining your ability for the next day, not as a means of judgment. 

Keep this list close to you and know you are an active participant in your health and well-being. 

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from. 

 

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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