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Catholicism and Self-Care

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

“Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine” - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Tips to rest in the presence of the Lord.

- Take a walk and enjoy nature, the Lord created so many wonders for his beloved children. Action: Identify 3 new things in your surroundings and take a minute to appreciate each of them

- Pray. Action: Try a familiar prayer, one that comes easily to mind, and dedicate it to a needed intention in your life.

- Check-In. You check in with your loved ones regularly, but do you check in with yourself and with God? Was it really a bad day or was it one negative experience that should be confined as just that? Action: Do a mind-body scan and let the most pervasive thoughts float through and then focus on what is within your control. while you reframe your perspective.

- Be Grateful. Action: Thing about 3 positive things that took place in the past 24h that you can be grateful for. A Harvard study emphasizes the benefits of gratitude, "In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships."

- Write. Action: Grab some sheets and your favorite pen, write down whatever you're feeling, it could be the carrots you need to get at the store followed by the strange phone call you received last night. Just don't forget the list if you go get groceries.

- Be Still. Whether by unplugging, pouring a warm bath, or meditating - meditating or contemplating for a few minutes can help reframe your perspective of the day and help you feel calmer.

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