Saturday, September 29, 2012

Love Yourself

No, not in that way!  Well, maybe in that way.  ;-)

On a serious note, next week is the Week of Respect in NJ's schools.  We are taking the time to teach intentional, age-appropriate lessons to all students in grades K-12 about respect and preventing harassment and bullying.  We are teaching students to be assertive in appropriate ways.  My school's anti-bullying specialist also happens to be a good friend of mine.  She sent this to some of us today as a reminder that we need to love ourselves.  I loved it so much that I am sharing it here with you.  Really, we all know that we need to love and respect ourselves first  but that does not mean we all do it.

Enjoy!  And do something kind for yourself this weekend.

As we soon begin the WEEK OF RESPECT, here are some ideas to remind us
to love and show respect towards ourselves.....

31 Acts of Kindness for Ourselves

Smile at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you are beautiful
Bubble bath with candles, music, etc.
Make an appointment for a professional haircut
Lock the bathroom door and take a private bathroom break
Get some real chocolate
Plan a special family activity that you know you’ll all enjoy
Do yoga or meditate
Visit someplace that you enjoy (aquarium, etc.)
Spend some quality time alone – read, drink tea, etc.
Buy yourself a special treat (magazine subscription, new shirt, etc.)
Get a manicure, pedicure, massage, etc.
Make a date with a friend
Rent or attend a movie by yourself
Eat healthier
Find some pictures that make you smile, frame them, and put them up on
the walls
Make a list of things you like about yourself
Start that new hobby you’ve been thinking about
Clean out that area of the house that’s been bothering you – and ask
your family to help
Look at the area of your home or work where you spend the most time.
Do something to that area to make you smile (clean, add a picture,
rearrange, etc.)
Start a journal
Finish a project you’ve been putting off
Sign up for a class that interests you
Pay someone to do a task you usually do (file taxes, clean the house, etc.)
Organize an area of life to make your days simpler (your calendar,
homeschooling room, bills, etc.)
Make your favorite meal with your child or partner
Connect with an old friend
Forgive yourself
Tour or visit a site that you’ve been curious about
Try a new food
Make something for yourself
Take time to get extra cuddles and kisses

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