Everyone has their own personal preferences when it comes to selecting a journal. Lines or no lines. Spiral-bound or not. Inspirational cover art. Maybe you prefer high-quality paper or a ribbon page divider. You might even want to find a journal with an inside pocket to store small mementos. Whatever it might be, take some time to find one that speaks to you. Target has a great selection as does World Market and Barnes & Nobles.
We know you’re busy. We also understand how difficult this time is, and we want you to have the best experience possible, which is why we encourage you to carve out up to one hour per week just for you. Here are three guiding principles to set yourself up for success:
It’s easy to let the to do list get in the way of taking care of you. But we’ve all heard the “put your mask on before you help someone else with their mask” when flying. Basically, we need to take care of ourselves first before we offer to help someone else. We need to regularly fill up our cup until it’s overflowing so that we have enough energy to give to others or in your case, create a safe environment for a little one.
The word ‘no’ is a complete sentence. Saying it can be uncomfortable, which is why we end up doing things we don’t necessarily want to do. You don’t need to give an excuse or a reason why. It’s none of their business. What IS important is that you make your self-care practice a priority. Because if you’re always showing up for everyone else how could you possibly be showing up for the very thing you’re trying to create for you and your partner.
Take five minutes to consider where you can fit a self-care practice into your schedule. You’ll want some time set aside weekly to complete the activities. Plus, we encourage you to create some smaller moments of stillness whether that’s in the morning as you’re sipping on tea/coffee, or in the evening right before bed. These moments are opportunities to cultivate awareness daily and check back in with how you genuinely feel.
The practices we offer throughout The Experience require a small collection of props (You can never have too many props). You might choose to use props from around the house or if you’d like, purchase a full set. Both options will work just fine. Here’s a comprehensive list of what you’ll need:
One yoga mat
One bolster measuring about 11″ W x 25″ L x 6″ H or two large firm decorative pillows
Two 4” yoga blocks or two small firm decorative pillows
Up to three yoga blankets measuring about 53” W x 75” L
One eye pillow or handkerchief
If you haven’t already read this to help you set an inviting space for your home practice.