While I generally restrict the contents of the Creative Simple Life blog to real food recipes and resources, my monthly Link Love posts offer an opportunity for me to share those events in my life that deserve mentioning. This July has been a significant time for me and my family. It has been dedicated to saying goodbye to a beloved family member who recently lost a two year battle with mesothelioma lung cancer. It has been a difficult month that has offered me an opportunity for self-reflection.
During the past month, I’ve revisited what it means to live a creative and simple life. It is easy for me to get caught up in the excitement (and sometimes pressure) of the next recipe, next blog post, or next project. Over the past few weeks I’ve tried to really tune into what I need on a moment-to-moment basis and take the time to rest, heal, and recuperate from the effects that grief, air travel, and transition have on my body. I’ve noticed myself slowing down more and accepting that what I need is o.k. I’ve taken a break from all of the things I feel I “should” be doing. This practice in self-awareness has helped me to take better care of myself and those around me.
Moving forward into August, I’d like to continue this practice in self-awareness and self-care. For me this may mean doing less at times while doing more at others. Above all it means that I will strive to accept myself where I am. All of this helps me to tune into my needs and take better care of myself.
I encourage all of my readers to do their best to take care of themselves this coming month and always. Below are some articles to encourage your self-care journey.
Summer Self-Care Tips
Simplify your life (and you mailbox) by stopping your junkmail. Bonus: you save trees as well!
Soothe stress and anxiety using aromatherapy by learning How to Blend Essential Oils.
Beat the heat this summer with these 5 Ways to Keep Cool.
If you struggle with headaches you will like these tips for how to get rid of them naturally.
Make your own thai summer rolls using fresh and natural ingredients. Enjoy slowing down to make this nutritious snack/meal. You’ll feel great eating them too.
Take yourself blueberry picking. Getting outside and connecting with nature is a great way to wind down and relieve stress. When you get home use your freshly picked fruit to make some yummy treats. For inspiration, check out this great list of blueberry recipes.
Add some probiotics to your diet. Your tummy and gut will thank you, plus probiotics help support for your overall health. Check out my recipe for probiotic pickles, make some probiotic coleslaw, or try some chia kombucha blender jam.
I wish you all a relaxing next month and beyond. Take care of yourselves! You won’t regret it.