My Cup of CocoaTop 5 Posts of 2017

Self-Care Resolutions for the New Year

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. I have a hard time keeping them and that always leaves me feeling bad. But I am all for making self-care a priority and maybe setting a few resolutions could help. Self-care became a major buzzword in 2017. As the year winds down and we start thinking about 2018, I thought it would be good to review what self-care is (and isn’t), and why it will still be important in 2018 even if a new buzzword comes around.         What is Self-Care?   At its most basic, self-care is taking Read More

My Cup of CocoaTop 5 Posts of 2017

8 Ways to De-Stress Your Holidays

I love the holiday season. I love the sights and smells and sounds of Christmas. But, sometimes, I feel overwhelmed and stressed out as I prepare for the holidays. A quick search of the internet, social media, or, even a good, old-fashioned conversation with friends tells me I am not alone. But there are ways to de-stress our holidays. The holidays don’t have to be stressful.     8 Ways to De-Stress Your Holidays   1. Strategic Shopping Plan your gift shopping ahead of time. Make a list and stick to it. That way you’ll spend less time in the Read More

My Cup of CocoaTop 5 Posts of 2017

Quality Self-Care Begins with Self Compassion

Self-care is all the rage these days. It pops up on my Pinterest feed, in blogs I read, and even on news sites. Everyone, it seems, is jumping on the self-care advice bandwagon. In fact, I just published a post on journaling and self-care. You can read it here. So I guess I’ve jumped on the self-care bandwagon too. Perhaps I should have published this post first. Because practicing self-care doesn’t get very far unless you start with self compassion.     Have you noticed that we are often our own worst critic? Our inner voice tells us things we Read More

My Cup of CocoaTop 5 Posts of 2017

Practicing Mindfulness: My Mental Health Walk

This morning I took a walk. Not for my physical health, but my mental health. I’m sure it did my body a little good, but I wasn’t walking to log miles and get my heart rate up.  This was a reconnect, slow-down, and smell the roses kind of walk. And it felt so good. I’m thinking of adding a regular mental health walk to my self-care routine.   What is Mindfulness and Why Should I Try it? I have been trying to practice mindfulness on a more regular basis. Mindfulness is a technique that includes focusing your awareness on the Read More