The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

Everyone’s heard it: “It takes a Village.” I mean, mostly that statement crops up when we talk about child rearing but I think it applies to life in general. Whether we prefer to have few, very close friends or a large broader group of friends, we’re all built to need connection. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself

The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself

You know what they say: if you’re going to talk to yourself, make sure you say something nice. We admit, it’s not something we’re consistently good at. We find it easier to congratulate ourselves and confirm our greatness when something goes well. But we then forget to continue this positive self-talk when things aren’t going well. When we feel down, challenged, or unworthy, we find it hard to believe what we’re saying to ourselves.

Let’s rewind for a second. When we started journaling in Week One with the Five Minute Journal, we were surprised that one of their daily sections was to explicitly record a personal affirmation. It was the toughest part of the morning routine, and we kept tweaking our affirmations to find just the right words. It just wasn’t happening.

Wow. If that isn’t an indicator that our self-talk needed some clarity, we don’t know what is! Self-talk, affirmations, the mindset work of reframing, deleting, and replacing old stories all take time – and there’s only so much headway we could make in a week. But, a little change is still change. We knew we needed more help so we turned to the number one affirmation podcast in the world, Affirmationpod with Josie Ong and the brand new Left-Brained Hippie with Shelsey Cayer. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself”

Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical

Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical

At Handled, we run around a lot during an average day. Probably more than most people – that’s just part of the job! Easily clocking an average of 10,000 steps a day sounds pretty impressive and while walking is great exercise, it doesn’t do a whole lot to take care of excess stress. Plus, since it’s the only kind of exercise we’ve been doing for the past few months, we’ve been feeling less tight and toned than we’re comfortable with – especially as Spring comes around.

Most sources suggest that about three hours of vigorous activity is sufficient on a weekly basis, and honestly that seems just about the maximum any busy person could fit into their schedule. But we’re all about getting the most out of this Self-Care Experiment so we thought: what would happen if we did an hour a day – every day – instead? That way we could try seven different types of workouts and see how well each of them served our Self-Care purposes. Sound crazy? Crazy like a fox! So that’s what we did. Continue reading “Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical”

The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal

The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal

When was the last time you journaled?

Do you have to search back to your teenaged days, when you filled a padlocked diary with the angsty flare-ups and minutiae of high school life? Or maybe, like us, you pick up a fresh ‘Travel Journal’ notebook each time you exercise your wanderlust so you can record every exciting moment of your adventures.

If this is journaling, it’s just not practical for everyday life – and that’s exactly why most of us don’t do it.

But, considering how many experts wax poetic about the benefits of journaling as though it’s a self-care cure-all, we started wondering: had we been doing it wrong this whole time? So, we checked out a bunch of different options to find a better way. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal”

Self-Care – How do you like yours?

Self-Care – How do you like yours?

Since last time we were in this space together, we’ve been feeling tired. Like really, exhausted, candle-at-both-ends, biting our tongues, sending ourselves to our rooms kind of tired. Right after a piece we wrote about self-care, you say? Hello irony, our old friend….

At Handled we’ve had lots of practice providing self-care to others, but sometimes we need a good dose of our own medicine. And so we asked you: What are your preferred self-care activities? And, more to the point:

Do you know what fills your cup and brings you a sense of emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being? Continue reading “Self-Care – How do you like yours?”