This Week, I Will Get Disciplined with My Self-Care Practices favorite_border

Yoga Girl Daily - July 13th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Make It Happen Monday, Intention Setting, Self-Love

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About the Episode

With every Monday comes a clean slate and new opportunities - that’s why today is the perfect day to set an intention for the week!

When it comes to our self-care practices, we may be feeling the need to level up right now. Perhaps those old, routine practices aren’t cutting it with the current intensity of the world.

This week we are setting the intention to make our self-care practices a priority - and that may mean changing things up.

Tune in to step outside your comfort zone and put yourself first.


[01:05] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily. Happy Monday, everyone! it's a brand-new week, clean slate. I really love Mondays. I love how at least over here in my life, I'm beginning to get that Monday feeling again. Whereas I've had so many months in a row where all days of just kind of blended into each other. It's good to have a bit of structure in our week. It's good to wake up Monday morning and have that feeling of new week because it also means new potential. So Mondays we set an intention every single week, and I want to take a moment just to touch on why we do that. I know a lot of you really work with this intention and do your best to incorporate it to your day to day life. And for some of you, maybe it's just a moment to contemplate something, but I love setting intentions because just the word on its own setting intentions, intentions, meaning that we become intentful around our actions.

[02:05] And we actually choose what we want to create throughout the week versus just kind of letting life throw us left and right. So intentions for me means getting a little more purposeful around what it is I do in a week, what it is I do in a day and giving me moments to actually get a little more present with what kind of day is it that I'm wanting to have today? What's going on in my life, what's going on inside of me and how can I anchor into something really intentional to help make every day more meaningful? That's why we set intentions. And then I love to have different ones every week because we all are all working on different things. And it's good to go a little bit deeper into different areas of our lives each week.

[02:57] Today, I have a special ask or I have a special intention that I want us all to set. I am feeling this big, big urge inside of me and also this urge to kind of tell people around me that we have to level up our game right now. That we have to actually step out of our comfort zone a little bit and get to the next level when it comes to our spiritual work. And I don't say this lightly actually, just to get super real right now, we are facing so many challenges on so many different levels of our consciousness right now. We have huge challenges in terms of our economy, in terms of, you know, so many people out there struggling. So many of you guys listening right now are struggling in terms of finances. So many things have fallen apart.

[03:50] We're struggling on the societal level, grappling with coronavirus, the effects of coronavirus, how to rebuild our lives, our society after this. And then of course the massively important work around anti-racism, and so many things surfacing around us and within us. And of course, all of this means that we are kind of coming to a head in a sense, we are coming to an edge right now, and everything has been amplified. Everything has been intensified. So, what I realized is just the regular old day to day self-care practices that I've had all the time. They don't work anymore. I mean, they worked for, for life, you know, before 2020, but I think our regular kind of medium, right, that self-care that you squeeze in at the end of the day, when you have some time or you do your best to try to get to the thing that, you know, makes you feel better in your day, it's just not going to cut it right now.

[04:52] And I think the universe is asking of us to step up our game, to get more serious and more disciplined with how we take care of ourselves, because that means getting more disciplined and serious with how we take care of each other, with how we take care of this world. So what I want to set as an intention this week is really simple, but I want you to take it seriously. And I want you to act on it every day. This week I will get disciplined with my self-care practices. This week, I will get disciplined with my self-care practices. And maybe right now, what discipline means is not just doing them every single day, but maybe adding something new to that repertoire, right? Maybe getting out of your comfort zone to try something that you haven't tried before or to level up or intensify the practices that you have had before.

[05:43] Right? So if you used to, say journal on gratitude, five minutes every morning, maybe right now you take your journaling to a level that makes you a little bit uncomfortable and you journal on something that's hard for you and you spend half an hour every day doing that, right? If you're used to venting with girlfriends or with friends about what's bothering you in life, maybe now is a really good time to find a kick ass therapist, to peel away some deeper layers and get to the root of what's really going on in your life. If you used to take a casual yoga class once or twice a week, perhaps now is a good time, support a local yoga studio in your area if you have the space to, or join us on and roll out your mat every damn day, like take whatever it is that you're doing right now to the next level, because you're going to need to be anchored as hell right now.

[06:33] You're going to need to feel your feet rooted on the ground and find that place inside of yourself where, you know you can weather the storm and the time to practice all of this is now. Don't wait for next Monday or next month or new year to make some big declaration start right now, take care of yourself right now, because that means you're going to increase your capacity to be able to take care of everybody else. And we all need to take care of each other. So start at the top of the list and take care of you. Thank you so much for setting this intention with me, for all of us setting this intention collectively, acting on it every day through the week. This week get disciplined with your self-care practices this week. Thank you so much for listening. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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