Guest Post: Linda on Self-Care

I’m delighted to share a guest post on self-care from reader of GF Goodness, Linda. If you’d like to participate in our self-care retreat and don’t have a blog, feel free to email me or one of the other hostesses and we’d be happy to share your plans (and, of course, you’ll be entered to win the gift certificate!) The hostess this week is Valerie of City Life Eatsmini badge

So thank you, Linda, for joining us!!!

A focus on self-care seems so appropriate for July.  It’s such a beautiful time of year here in southwestern Canada.  To fully enjoy it, I have to honor my need to slow down and “recover” from the spring, which this year was emotional and exhausting.  Despite starting my day with Reiki, I can easily revert to shallow breathing after several hours.  I’m doing my best to make of point of breathing more deeply.  It centers me, keeps me grounded and slows me down. 

I’m giving myself permission to accomplish less in a day.  I tend to think of so many things I’d like to get done!  The focus is on quality; the quality of my time, being mindful of what I’m doing with my time and the choices I’m making, and appreciating what I do.
I’m treating myself by spending time three times a week or more with our neighbor’s dog, who I love.
When I took my Reiki level 1, practicing thankfulness ended each Reiki session.  The more thankful I am, the better I feel.  I’m trying to check in with myself three times a day at least, to give thanks…..for all that I’m being given.  For me, before getting out of bed, before going to sleep and in the late afternoon are my regular check-in times. 
Laughing is great and I’m sure that’s why I’m with my husband!  He has the gift of making me laugh……
 with love, Linda
Cheryl’s note: I agree that laughter is a key to love!

Our fantastic group of bloggers:

Before we get into the “rules”, know that the main “rule” is to relax, enjoy, take good care of yourself and have fun.
Why join us? Because self-care takes a village, too.

These posts are to inspire you all to make July a month of reflecting on self-care and the many ways to nourish ourselves.  We encourage everyone to participate in this event in a way that feels appropriate to them, whether through making different choices around food, adding in movement, personal reflection, journaling or other self-care.  If you would like to share your experience with self-care, we would love to include you in the experience, whether you join us for one week or every week. We ask that you link back to this post so that more people can learn about this retreat, and leave a comment for the weekly theme host, too! That way, we can make sure we see your post and that you’re entered into the drawing.


As a little added incentive, for each post on your goals and your progress you link back here or one of the other co-hosts, you’ll be entered to receive a $50 gift certificate to  (they are not sponsoring, I just wanted something with healthy gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, etc. options)

We also have a Facebook group and we’d love to have you join us! Just send along a request (it’s listed as a private group.)

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to Guest Post: Linda on Self-Care

  1. I love the idea of the regular check-ins. They are so needed! Thanks for sharing, Linda. 🙂


  2. Shirley–indeed, I find they help, too, and I appreciate the reminder from Linda.

  3. Pingback: July Self-Care Retreat: Saying “No” … With Unexpected, Wonderful Results | gfe--gluten free easily

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