13 Self-Care Lessons from the Masters

Self-care wisdom from the animals in and around Chez Harris. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Add in regular movement that you enjoy

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Get a friend to join you!

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Mindfully plan out your meals








Don’t hesitate to ask a friend for help, but choose your friends wisely.













Don’t judge on appearance. It’s what’s inside that counts.

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(yes, that’s my husband with the Mohawk)











Friendship and sunshine are critical for self-care











Choose organic fruits and veggies. Berries are a great source of antioxidants!







Accept the support of those who love you








Remember that your distinctive style is part of what makes you beautiful








Make snuggles a priority

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Remember to give and receive love daily

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Take in the beauty of fresh-cut flowersOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA





When in doubt, nap.


I am so very grateful for so many beautiful creatures big and small in my life!

This self-care retreat montage is for our 3rd July Self-Care Retreat, and we’d love for you to join us!

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.mini badge

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 Nuts.com  (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.)

2013 Posts thus far:

Curious about past retreats? Recaps for July Retreats 2011 & 2012 are here:



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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7 Responses to 13 Self-Care Lessons from the Masters

  1. I love this post! Animals are great role models for self care 🙂

  2. Wow, this post is perfect! Love it! Can’t believe that Mr. Dude was sporting a Mohawk! 😉


  3. Kate, Indeed they are! I’m not so sure the neighbor rabbit takes great care of himself, but our guys have the luxury.

    Shirley, that was for Halloween ’04. He had a great time, and the pictures will live on…

  4. Love his spirit and the photo! I shared this post on Facebook but couldn’t get a photo to come up, so I attached one from your post. Hope that’s okay!

  5. Shirley, of course! I couldn’t get a photo up, either. Not sure why.

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  7. Cindy says:

    I loved your tips on self-care. The one on choose your friends carefully really struck home. I have found in order to care for yourself you do need to move on from a friendship. It’s not always easy but the right thing to do sometimes.

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