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The Practice of Self-Care

How does one practice self-care? When you prioritize taking care of yourself, you are better able to take care of all the other tasks you need to accomplish.

By taking the time to focus on your well being, you will feel more relaxed and happier overall. This will keep you from getting overwhelmed or upset as easily.

Part of self-care is taking care of your mental health through actions such as meditation, journaling, exercise, mindful eating, etc. It is especially important to do this when you are busy, even if it feels like you don't have time. Make at least a few minutes every day to focus on yourself and what you need.

Gratitude is an important aspect of mental well being. We tend to focus on negative aspects of our life and it can really bring us down. But when we are grateful and appreciate what we have, we focus on the good stuff. This makes us feel better about our lives overall.

As part of my journaling practice, I regularly write down things for which I am grateful. This could be something as simple as seeing a beautiful flower outside or having a great friend!

Try making a list of 10 things you are grateful for next time you journal. See how you feel after. It sounds simple but can really boost your mood!


Our new Gratitude Bear notebook is perfect for starting your journal practice if you don't have one already or if need a new notebook!

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• 120, lined pages.
• Pages edged with aqua dip-dyed edges.
• Exposed binding lays flat.
• Book measures 7 x 4.5 in.

Gratitude Bear by Jessica Swift is a sweet, handy little notebook with lined pages perfect for your morning/daily gratitude list. With a book like this you can keep it short or take your time. We love the peaceful pink and aqua colors.

Everything Jessica Swift creates is designed to make you feel GOOD, to remind you that you're allowed to trust yourself and follow your intuition, and to inspire you to live your best, most dream-filled life. Jessica is 100% self-taught in pattern design and in business, and has a BFA in painting from Ithaca College.

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