Self Care Planner Feature

My Crazy Sexy Self Care Planner

September 30, 2013|100Comments|


Hi Sweet Friends,

I love you. I do. And one of my absolute favorite things is tending to the people I care about most. Making a scrumptious plant-happy dinner for close friends, Skyping with my sister, going for a long hike with my mischief-making pup and sending support to my colleagues, are just a few of my precious rituals. But sometimes, when I don’t give myself the same TLC, doing for others can be too much. Having a solid self care base is the only way I can maintain my health, my business, my love for my peeps, and my sanity. And I bet I’m not alone, which is why I created a self care planner for you. (Pssst … I think it will help us both!)

Over the Edge

You know the usual story: you over-commit. You say yes to everyone who asks you for something. You give, give, give. And before long, you fall flat on your cute face—an important deadline missed, a birthday forgotten or an email inbox so full that you break the internet. Worst of all, running ourselves ragged doesn’t just make us stressful, it invites illness. Overtaxed systems, little rest and scarce mental downtime are a perfect storm for health issues—hello, inflammation!

And then, the guilt kicks in. We kick ourselves for not doing things “right.” We deny ourselves the tools and time necessary to actually meet our goals. We try to treat our friends and family like the wonderful beings they are (yet we often fall short), but when it comes to ourselves, we judge, blame and end up in a downward spiral.

Here’s the good news, there’s a recipe for self-care success, and it’s not complicated. For me, it’s healthy serving of fresh air, sweat, clean food, and sleep. When I don’t get in three mind-clearing hikes per week, both my writer’s butt and brain feel very unhappy. My body starts to stiffen and mental molehills become mountains. If I stay up too late, I’m toast. If I eat too much toast because I’m too lazy to shop and make a healthy meal, I start to feel lethargic. But when I invest in myself, I feel strong and grounded. Ready and willing to take on the world.

I know we all have a lot on our plates—balancing kids, work, health pickles, partners, friends, you name it. That’s why it’s so important to carve out sacred, non-negotiable self-care time. Find something that works for you. Maybe it’s just ten minutes a day that are really, truly yours. Maybe it’s the simple act of noticing something lovely in your neighborhood as you go buy groceries. Maybe it’s just one mantra that you say to yourself to set a healthy, caring tone for your day. “Good morning, Kris! I love you” sure works for me. Whatever you can do that actually, really serves you, that’s perfect.

What Does Self Care Mean?

For me it’s simple. It means being a kind friend to myself. Listening to my needs, tending my wounds, creating boundaries so that I don’t get exhausted, fueling my body instead of draining it, and practicing the art of loving all parts of me. All parts. Even the ingrown hairs, scars, tumors, crooked teeth and age spots.

What self care looks like for me:

  • Honoring the real Kris, not the Kris I think I should be
  • Hiking three times per week (stretching too)
  • Journaling
  • Listening to guided meditations & uplifting spiritual talks (while soaking in a epsom salt + lavender bath)
  • Nourishing my body with green juice, green smoothies and greens
  • Lights out at 10pm, eyes open at 7am
  • Accepting help from others
  • Releasing resentment, anger and frustration (the top mental blocks that make me cranky)
  • Connecting with my uber close circle of friends and family (and not feeling guilty if I can’t connect with everyone else)
  • Watching movies that inspire me (while allowing Lola on the sofa—even though Brian doesn’t like that)

What self care is not:

  • Forcing myself to stay awake to answer every single email, way past the point when my brain is capable of making cohesive sentences
  • Saying yes to obligations I dread
  • Hanging out with people who drain me
  • Grudgingly slogging to the gym because women’s magazines tell me that my ass should be 3 inches higher
  • Demolishing all of the cake when I’m sad (all of it)
  • Having a harsher set of standards for myself than I have for others
  • Drinking too much, too often
  • Smoking. Period. Ever. End of story.
  • Helping and serving others more than I help or serve myself
  • Self-care is not selfish (it’s spiritual and loving)

Here’s a little exercise I use when I don’t know what to do: I think of Brian, my sweet hubby. I put him in the situation I’m facing, and think of what advice I’d give him. Say it’s 2pm, I have a few deadlines that I absolutely have to meet still to go, but I’m beat. There’s no gas left in the tank. If Brian told me this, I’d say, “take a 20-minute nap, and when you wake up I’ll make you some tea.” Voila, my action plan is born!

Plan, Act, Repeat

When it comes to long-term solutions, creating new habits is key. Guess what? I wasn’t born drinking green juice, but after years of practice it’s a daily do. When you want to embark on something new, especially something as important as self care, set yourself up for success. Make a do-able plan (not an epic novel!), and stick to it. Having a clear picture of what you’re going to do before you actually do it will make the changes much easier.

Planning my success is how I run my health and my business. CEO-a-go-go! Whether you’re committing to going for a quick run in the mornings, taking a ten-minute walk outside on your lunch break or accepting the fact that yoga is more your workout style than P90X, knowing your goal and how you’re going to fit it into your nutty schedule is important.

To get you started, I created this downloadable Self Care Planner just for you. Get yours here!

In the planner, you’ll get a snapshot of what a week of nourishing your mind, body and spirit will look like, along with a few suggestions to get you started. You’ll also get an affirmation from me each day, and space to plan your self-care goals for the morning, afternoon and evening. At the end of each day, I’ve created space for you to write about how taking care of your glorious self feels.

SelfCarePlanner

I hope you enjoy the planner! I think it’s the perfect way to wrap up our amazing Prevention Month. We’ve looked at a bunch of the big external causes of dis-ease and how to sidestep them, and now we’re looking inward.

When it comes to your health, you are the boss. You’re the one in charge of the choices you make—not your schedule, not your family, not your doctor. You. Honoring your needs and treating yourself with love & kindness are the most important steps you can take toward overall wellness. Now let’s get planning, sweet tootsies!

Download your planner here and share one self care action you’ll take this week in the comments below.

Peace & planning,

Kris Carr



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100 responses to My Crazy Sexy Self Care Planner
  1. Dearest Kris,
    I just spent a weekend visiting my college age daughter, and she is exactly on this downward spiral. I’ve been there…it’s no picnic. She has a big heart and has over-committed herself. Thank you for sharing a healthy game plan for getting back on track. Thank you for providing the kind words to even approach this subject with my precious daughter. Thank you for making such a daunting task so simple… fresh air, sweat, clean food, and sleep.
    I know that it is up to my daughter to make the healthy changes. I do so appreciate your practical tips for self-care, and inspirational words that encourage me to model a healthy and happy lifestyle.

  2. Oh Kris! You are an inspiration like no other! I am so grateful for you…. yet, I’m struggling to find words that express the gratitute I have for all that you have brought to my life. I absolutely love each and every post you share, I love that you share your heart and soul and that you give us tools to love our own mind, body & soul – and tools that help us grow, evolve and nuture who we are. Thank you for being you and sharing you with us…. you are an amazing inspiration. Thank you so much! :-)

    BIG hugs
    Catherine xox

  3. everyone needs to see this Kris. Bravo for sharing and thank you for your transparency.

  4. This has come at exactly the right moment for me – thanks Kris! I’ve been experiencing the beginnings of some recurring anxiety tummy pain issues and know this means I’ve stayed in an unhealthy situation for way too long. Time for a big dish of self love!

    A great reminder, and a gentle kick in the pants we all need from time to time.

  5. You are absolutely right, and you described my life – the hectic, over-extended, too little sleep, too much to drink, not enough good food life. I know what I need to do, even do it sometimes, but my life is not really my own right now, dealing with moving my mother to assisted living, packing up ALL her stuff in another state, working to put together an artist’s convention, trying to keep my marriage healthy- I’ve got the best husband! That is just a little slice of my life right now.

    I feel as if I’m whiny and complaining, but sometimes I need to get it off my chest. Kris, your advice is beautiful! Thank you so much. It is because of people like you who give so much love out to the world that I don’t give up! I’ll keep reading your words, along with my other inspirational friends and live a good, healthy life.

    Thank you!!!

  6. Thanks for all of the awesome tips, Kris! I really enjoyed Prevention Month.

  7. Thanks Kris for continuing to help others. I’ve shared this post with my friends. It’s so important to care of ourselves.

  8. I read this terrific post after reading an article about Marian Wifht Edelman, who founded the Children’s
    Defense Fund 40 years ago. Another wonderful woman who does so much for others. A quote from her husband, Peter: “She’s definitely always moving at warp speed, except when she’s not. She takes care to stop all the engines and sit still for some minutes every day and to pray and meditate, and so I think that’s the only way she makes it possible to continue to move at a very, very fast pace.” Great advice from Kris and a a role model in Ms. Edelman!

  9. Perfect. I bought the crazy sexy diet book, then a juicer and I am about to embark on the 21 day adventure cleanse. I’m scared I won’t make it through – I always sabotage myself. But I need this in my life right now and am trying to put myself first. My special needs son, stressed out husband and busy bee daughter drained me a long time ago and I need to carve out a little bit of life for me. Thanks Kris :)

  10. It is ironic that those of us who have dedicated our lives to advocating for people to take their health in their hands need a reminder to “put our oxygen masks on first”. Taking care of yourself is so foundational. As a digestive health expert I eat right and exercise but true rest is often missing in my life. I am so busy building my business and helping others that I am vacation deprived. What a great reminder and inspiration to take a good long break. Thank you.

  11. Great advice girlie! You are very smart:)

  12. I left the D.C. I Can Do It conference with a plan to make an intentional self-care schedule for myself so that loving myself becomes a habit instead of something I only think about when I get burned out. Then I received this email in my inbox with a self care planner??? Thank you God! Thank you Kris Carr. Synchronicity is beautiful.

  13. Thank you, Kris! Your words of peace & soul-affirming beauty are a balm for which the world is aching. Keep spreading the light, and know you are appreciated, admired, and that you make a difference. Om Shanthi Om.

  14. Part of my self care is to honour the fact that I like my mornings quiet and alone.
    Starting my morning right means I get to set the tone for my day which is uber importante.
    These days it means sipping a cup of hot water + lemon + cayenne, a little yoga, a little meditation BEFORE opening my computer.

    Oups and I forgot … it also means a warm snuggle with my fiance and with my 3 Schnoodles :)
    You can meet the furry kids here (get ready for fuzziness).

  15. Wonderful post. I am actually going to swap your calendar for mine that I use to log my “self care” workouts. That is MY time…the time I get to exercise. I just have to solve the problem of little ones trying to get into the room and then me YELLING, “GET OOOOUUUUTTTT!!!!!!”
    Not good for reducing inflammation.
    Peace & Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

  16. Such a loving approach, Kris. Some of the women’s mags set women up for a cycle of self-abuse and depletion. I bet they’d INCREASE their readership if they loved women even more.

  17. I love you Kris Carr, I send you a bunch of love. I truly find you amazing! XXXXX

  18. Beautiful post Kris!
    I especially like the tip to imagine someone else is in your situation and thinking about what advice you’d give them. We tend to be way more gentle with others than with ourselves. Treating ourselves with the same amount of loving care as we treat others will lead to well-being and happiness.
    Since I had a lot of rehearsals for my recent dance performance my sleeping schedule came out of whack a bit. So this week I will focus on resetting my sleeping schedule.
    Thank you Kris! xx

  19. I love you, Kris!

  20. Super self-care template! I really love how you have the daily affirmations as part of the planner. Thank you for your on-going inspiration to be our best selves!

  21. Thanks, Kris!!! Just what I needed to read to help me tweak the daily routine to include more self-care.

  22. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful planning template! I have tried numerous ways to plan my days and the end result is devastating as they ended up in the bin. The added affirmation is a beautiful way to enhance my day. Thank you!

  23. This is exactly what I needed at the right time!! I’m going to eat salad every day .. even though colder weather is approaching, in my climate controlled office this should be do-able and a way to ensure I get a variety of veggies and protein

  24. THIS is what I teach my clients, in my workshops and in my new program launching on Wednesday. We really are the most important asset in our lives. When we take divine care of ourselves, it’s a gift to everyone else in our lives (and business)

  25. THANK YOU KRIS!! This is so what I need right now. I struggle so much with self-care. It feels like something I “have” to do; it feels like a chore, not indulgent and nourishing like it’s supposed to. How do you handle it when self care feels like just another thing you need to check off your to do list?

    Big hug, Martine

  26. I will wake up and smile at my reflection while saying an affirmation before doing anything else!!! (I’m normally not much of a morning person)

  27. thank you! So, so, so important! I love your approach–thank you for inspiring me!

  28. Love this! Thank you for this and all you do Kris!

  29. Kris- I am a Yoga Instructor and Wellness Facilitator. I think your posts are brilliant, imaginative, creative, informative and fun. Every email from your site is like a little gift of zen. I can feel a positive vibe emanate from the screen. Thank you for caring about our planet and all that dwell here. Yours in continued health and daily bliss, Namaste, Melissa

  30. I am a two year cervical cancer survivor. I now am the chapter leader for the National Cervical Cancer Coalition for the Charlotte chapter. I remember how scared, alone and awful I felt as I was going through treatment. It is so hard to stay focused on the positive things. I did not really find out about you until after I went through treatment. But, I share you now with the women on my facebook page, and I thank you for your insight and passion to making this cancer country club a better place!

    It is important to remember to take each day on its own and even if we can only do one thing for ourselves that is positive, it makes a difference.

    You are a great inspiration, and a great role model for me. I hope I can help other women find hope and joy … just a little bit each day.

  31. Thank you Kris for the reminder to schedule in time for me so that I am better able to serve others too. I’ve just printed off the schedule you have offered and will use it today to show myself my commitment to me, even though the day is half done. It’s never too late to be a little better. :)

  32. Hi Kris. Thanks so much for sharing this, Just what I needed to hear! For years, I got used to doing, doing, doing to advance in my career. Recently, I’ve gotten married and become a mum. It’s a totally different ball game! Even though family is more important to me than my career and I am much happier now than I used to a couple of years ago, single and career-oriented, I find it tough sometimes to strike the right balance in my life. I still try to do too much and often get frustrated when I can’t be the perfect housewife, the greatest mum and the amazing business woman – whatever my mental picture of those is.
    I reckon I ought to make self-care my top priority at this stage. The day after my daughter was born, just four months ago, I was up on my feet trying to host all the people who came to visit, etc. I haven’t given myself time to rest and heal properly. Yours is a great reminder!
    Thank you for all the work you do. It really makes a difference.
    Elsa xo

  33. Kris I LOVE how you write. You speak a special language and it makes it super easy to read, to listen, and to hear.
    Your work is inspirational and I smile whenever my face comes across your site.

  34. You are the Queen, Kris. I love who you are and what you stand for. I have been on a self care “watch” after having the summer of my life and waking up to so many realizations. As a “do it all” mom of three with her own business, I realized I needed to make changes come this September when school started again. I have been honoring myself and my limitations, taking care to keep myself sane and healthy so I can realize my full joy every day. I love this post – and love the planner. Thank you – again – for all the great tools and resources you share!

  35. Awesome post Kris! I’m a self-love and self-care coach for women, but with running my own business I sometimes let my own self-care slip. And you’re right, every time I do my health and happiness goes out the window! So along with my clients, I am in a daily practice of self-love and remembering that taking care of me is the only way I can truly take care of others and the planet :)

    xo,
    Alexis

  36. This is so serendipitous! Absolutely perfect timing since this is what I’m working on in my personal life. Last week was my first set of midterms for my post-bacc degree and I had 5 exams in 8 days, which meant a lot less sleep than I wanted/needed, way too much coffee/energizing substances that are terrible for me, and so much stress I had stomach aches every day. I was looking forward to the weekend because I was supposed to have a hot date aaaand he stood me up. SO, no self-pity but instead self-care! Because I’m still worth it even if I’m stressed out and busy and especially when a silly guy doesn’t think so!

  37. Kris, you are wonder woman. It was such a blessing seeing you this weekend in DC at I Can Do it! You inspire me so much…and somehow produce things like this planner right when I need it.

    Thank you! Xoxo

  38. Thank you so much. This is exactly what I needed to read. I’ve become more focused on my goals, and while it is empowering and affirming, I am now feeling exhausted from all that has been happening these past days. I’m in bed, knowing that I want to revisit the goals and look things up, but there’s not much energy in me right now. And while I love that new things have been coming to my life, I know that I can’t be feeling like this every day. I very much want the changes, but never at the expense of my well-being. So I very much need to care of myself so that I can be connected and present enough to be in touch with what my soul wants, and be able to manifest that energy into beautiful things.

  39. Love this!

  40. Practice a restorative yoga pose and give myself Reiki as I’m going to sleep. Thank you!

  41. Kris, this is amazing! I love the planner! Thanks so much for putting this together!

  42. Thank you Kris. I needed that today. After a few too many weeks of too many working hours, eating too much cake and junk, stressing myself to the point of tears, and too little time that is meant for myself and not for others, I am ready to either take a hike from the world or hop a jet plane for a life pause. Your article is giving me a boost in the right direction, and i say thank you.
    Jenny

  43. I’m dedicating a lot of me-time to EFT right now, which I know you’re a fan of, Kris! There are so many layers to peel back, it can sometimes feel sad, or like I’m going to have to dig so deep to get to the root of an issue I don’t even want to deal with. But as Brene Brown said, if you don’t know how to do vulnerability, then vulnerability is doing you. I’m sick of it. It does hurt to look at the real issues, but I know it will be empowering when I feel the positive effects of clearing the blocks. Now I need to get me some tea, and later on some green juice, to power through it!

  44. Sadly, I am horrific at self-care. It always comes last on my very long list of things I’m always working to accomplish. Self-care usually happens by accident, in super small doses, or when I reach a breaking point.

    I love the idea of scheduling a little self-love treat in each day, and being mindful about it. Instead of accidentally finding myself relaxing, I should mindfully relax and let go to make it more meaningful.

    Kris Carr – you are BRILLIANT! Muah.

  45. Thank you so much for everything you do you inspire, help, and support all of us you are so amazingly beautiful inside and out and you are such an inspiration to me! I love you losts! Thanks again for everything beautiful :)

  46. I am LOVING this! I printed this and added it to my Day Timer :-) This weekend, I am taking my self on a date to a painting class! Cannot wait!

  47. Love this!!
    I already said no to some things on my schedule I don’t really want to do. What a relief!!

  48. As a health coach I guide my clients to incorporate self-care into their life. Thank you for a great article and planner. Health is wealth and we need to nurture ourselves everyday.

  49. Love this! So very true. If we can´t take care of ourselves it´s truly impossible to be the support we wish for the people around us. Love your list and YOU! Keep inspiring. Many hugs from Sweden!

  50. So fantastic! I love the tool of putting someone you love in your situation and doing what you would advise they do. Gold!

  51. This is just what I need right now! I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago on my birthday, and had a bilateral mastectomy. My husband of over 30 years left shortly after my diagnosis, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. So now I am a single mom with the most amazing special needs son in the entire world. We are losing our home, through foreclosure, lost our car, and we are trying to live on only $1420 a month! But..I AM ALIVE TODAY! I HAVE MY SON! Every day is a gift and I will take it! I can get pretty overwhelmed and down in the dumps. Kris gets me to pull myself up and keep on going! She is my inspiration!! Love you Kris!

  52. Really grateful to have found you….A friend gave my your “crazy sexy cancer tips” recently as i am on a breast cancer journey right now. I love being the CEO of my wellness company as you would say. I feel empowered to ask questions and be an active participant in my treatment plan. At the moment i am at the beach enjoying my good energy days between chemo treatments. A few days of journaling, walking, yoga, Stand-up paddling and anything else I choose to do!! Thank you for your take charge attitude and tools to help keep us on the dis-ease prevention track. I am eager to get back to my work as photographer + yoga teacher, but being quiet and listening to what my body is telling me is my job at the moment. Many thanks for your inspiration:)

  53. What to think of, what to do , or how to prevent demolishing a cake when you are ‘not well’ ?
    Sometimes, it is just pure blindness, you don’t think of it a second, it seems just obvious that you NEED that cake or whatever it is, but the worst is when you eat that crap and you keep demanding something else. I mean how can I prevent that to happen again, because the feeling that comes after doing such a heroic act is just pure DEPRESSION.
    Thank you !

    • Usually by the time the strong NEED for demolishing cake has come around it can be pretty hard to stop. For me it feels like a speeding train.
      Here’s what i do.
      First I ask myself Am I hungry?

      if i’m not hungry but just want to “numb out” on something sugary, i physically move myself out of the environment, go for a walk, call a friend, or even curl on the couch and feel whatever it is I’m trying to avoid.
      but sometimes you just want the thing or sometimes you actually are hungry.

      if I am hungry and I want something, (cake or whatever) then i make sure it’s the best of the best, put it on a gorgeous plate, really allow myself to have it, savor it one bite at a time, and praise myself and my body for knowing how to process food easily (without my stress added to the mix).

      i hope that helps.
      I know how easy it is to beat up on yourself after eating something you DON’T want to eat. No matter what, don’t expect perfection and give yourself lots of love and appreciation.

      xx
      Love,
      Carla

  54. I love you too. I do! M

  55. Kris, you’ll never know how much you’ve impacted my life. I know you hear this from a lot of women and girls, but truly, you’ve changed my life in so many ways since I first saw you on Oprah. Ever since, you’ve been a guide to me, a light of peace, for bulk of years in my life that were full of darkness, self betrayal, self hatred, and coming out to love myself, honor myself and look for the real me. You’ve also helped me overcome an eating disorder, without even knowing it. Thank you for being a light into my world. I’m going to share this great planner with my readers this week on my blog.
    Blessings,
    Heather McClees
    29 , Moore, SC
    http://www.soulfulspoon.com
    heathermcclees@aol.com

  56. Oh, Kris! This is just oh-so-freakin-fabulous! I love it and FREE? We are all such lucky ducks. I too believe that without self-care, self-love and self-worth we can kiss our optimal beauty and health dreams goodbye. It is truly a huge part of living the life of our dreams…as is staying organized with all the amazingness life offers us daily. Thank you! Love, Danielle

  57. Wonderful! This is magic, thanks Kris. This is the first time I’ve come across your site and posts – you have such a beautiful, connecting way about you – I love it. We run a retreat in Bali each year and most of the gorgeous women who join us need exactly this right at the start – a little self kindness and nurturing care (and so do we!). It’s the very reason why we run the retreat and love what we do amidst the busyness of our own businesses, companies and families. There’s no direct profit in it but it’s oh so rewarding to see how we flourish with just a bit of time and space to get back to basics. It’s simple stuff that’s all too easy to lose sight of. Thanks so much for sharing. I’d love to share this little planner with our girls at next retreat – if you’re happy with that! It’s simple and they would love it…

  58. Yoga. Japanese Sencha tea. Lifting my face to the sun outside every possible day. Letting my dog teach me about happiness. Letting my cat teach me “no regrets”. Letting my family laugh and be silly. Being ok with being human. And, eating (spooning up, slurping) my husbands amazing salsa!

  59. Hola Kris! Right now i am focusing on my skin, and my self care treat is making a pumpkin mask.

    I laos want to share with you that while I am doing this my father is fighting a pancreatic cancer. Thanks to god a friend gave him a book about the Gerson Therapy and we are hoping for him to go there! I am going to Florida to see him and I am bringing your books with me, I have recipes from your book already mark to cook for him!
    Thank you so much! I am so grateful for having come across you, and your wonderful work!

  60. Do you recommend any guided meditations or uplifting spiritual talks specifically?

  61. This is so lovely…Thank you for this download Kris!

    I am all about self care. It radically changed my body and life.

    There really is some major magic in taking time out for *me* on a regular basis. It really gets me in synch with the core parts of myself and is totally nourishing!
    Self-care helps me:

    tune in to my true hunger signals (less compulsive eating and behaviors around food)
    feel more feminine (calmer in my interactions with men and all my relationships)
    be more appreciative of my body ( i’m not in my head all the time focusing on to-do’s)

    I love this guide and will be trying it out this week!

    Love,
    Carla
    xx

  62. I love your honesty in this piece. Self-care isn’t about beating ourselves to a pulp to be productive and then taking a moment or two to admire our hard work. Loving this life is so much bigger than sitting at a desk, demanding things. It’s about experiencing and giving and exploring. Thanks for the reminder to take a breath, and live.

  63. Thank you, Kris. I am really trying to figure out what ‘self care’ means in a busy stage of my life, with small people who need me and a job. You make it seem simple and easy to wrap my head (and schedule) around.

  64. Thank you so much! I could see myself clearly in this article (over-commitment!!!). Even though I read and heard this kind of advice often, your words have really reached me and moved me. So from now on I’ll watch a little better. You doing an incredible work!

  65. Im going off sugar cold turkey but helping the cravings w few supplements like glutamine & getting a massage.

  66. Thank you for all your words of wisdom, your kindness and your humorous way of kicking our asses into gear! I always feel more grounded and centered when I start the week out with your blog filled with delicious affirmations. I plan to hike more with my beloved rescue dog, Gatsby, (instead of walking the same block over and over!), take 10 minutes of me time every day, (ie: learn meditation!), really commit to green juices or smoothies daily, (not just a couple a week), love me for who I am, and limit my vegan cupcake addiction to one a week!
    Thank you for being an inspiration to so many. Your journey has supported me on a journey of my own.
    Peace and kindness,
    Julie

  67. Dear Kris
    I’m a fit 59 year old sparky person but I recently had a blood test indicating potential autoimmune disease and immediately booked acupuncture twice a week and got your CSD book off the shelf, bought a serious twin bore juicer and got it going twice a day and have started reducing stress and increasing rest and exercise to counteract a very intense and stressful job. I’ve just purchased your wonderful cookbook as well cook book as well.

    I am of course concerned about my blood test result BUT have decided not to investigate the science for now or dwell on the many possibilities for grim diseases to take hold of me and instead and going to give myself 6 months to turn my body, mind and spirit around with you as my inspiration.

    The advice is all there from you but if you have anything to add re autoimmune disease indication I’d love to hear it.

    Meanwhile, I am so very grateful to have found your book and videos, u tube clips etc – every time I see chocolate or a cool glass of chardonnay I think of your extraordinary example and it refocuses my determination.

    Huge thanks! Nancy

  68. So excited.. at a stressful crossroad.. I LOVE YOUR BLOG.. MOVIE.. INFORMATION.. YOU INSPIRE ME..

  69. Hello Kris,

    Your website is vibrate, refreshing and fun. I prefer simple, uncomplicated living and enjoyed reading the information you suggested for living a self managed, clean lifestyle.

    Thank you,
    TKB

  70. Thank you….I do not take care of myself as well as I could or should…I always put others first…

  71. Going to get my wellness checkup this week..

  72. Ahhh Kris — you know just how to make an overwhelmed mamattorney to a toddler feel so taken care of :) Thanks for making positive action and life-long change child’s play :) You may call it green juice but in our super hero world — it’s Hulk juice :) and we will have it every morning this week.

  73. I will actually USE my guided meditations every morning!

  74. Taking a day at a time, trying to educate myself about this cancer thang, eating move veggies and making more juices.

  75. Dear Chris,
    thank you I have forgotten how it feels to take care of myself, I am completely burn out and I need to reconnect with my soul, I have this big hole in my chest and I feel lots of shame and because I am tired I’m very sensitive to everything, I am going to make an effort to get better.
    Regards jeanique

  76. This could not have come at a better time! I’m a newish mom (8 month old) also stay at home mom. I’ve been giving myself to everyone but me. And quite frankly feeling like I’m near failing at it all. I’m exhausted & overwhelmed & I’ve stopped taking time to care for myself. I was raised to think that caring for me was selfish. I’m beginning to see that I can be better to everyone by being better to me. Although I always feel there is no time I see now that I can (& will) carve out time to care for myself. I plan on taking a little quiet time each morning before the baby wakes up to do yoga & meditate. Then build on from there. Thank you for the support.

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  78. Leah said on July 2, 2014

    I LOVE this blog post and the self-care planner. As a Stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer conqueror, taking time out for self-nurture and self-care was my #1 (what I like to call) healing sutra.

    Thank you thank you thank you, such an inspiration to me. I know your book has been out for awhile, but just wanted to let you know, it inspired me in my cancer healing program.

    Love,
    Leah

  79. Saying “no” to things I don’t want to do or people I don’t want to be with makes me happy now. And not in a mean way at all. Actually in a very loving way. Years ago, I would have felt guilty and then that would have led to overeating, etc…. No more!!

  80. Oma said on July 3, 2014

    Thanks Kris,
    This has come at a good time for me. I’m trying the Tapping and have Louise Hay’s books,
    but just can’t seem to pull it all together.
    You inspire me so much, and make me want to get started. Thanks again.
    Oma XO XO

  81. Hi Kris!
    Thank you for creating and sharing such a cute planner! I am a huge fan of self care and I am actually speaking about it to a group of cancer patients and their caregivers this September. As a caregiver, I am often giving myself the slip when it comes to self care. It seems so simple that it is easy to push aside until later- and then of course, later never comes. Just getting enough sleep is so life-changing! I think being kind with your thoughts, allowing your emotions a space, receiving love and support from others, and believing in a loving universe are more ways to care for yourself.
    Would you mind if I print off and share this planner with this group? I had imagined having participants create a list of behaviors to try, but this would be a lot more fun and just perfect!
    Please let me know.
    Thank you!
    Jessie

  82. I will spend time talking with my best friend over a healthy lunch.

  83. Kris, I love your definition of self-care. In my personal and professional life, it is easy to let that go in favor of completing more ‘important’ things or things that need to get done. This is a good reminder that over exerting myself is not self-care. Keep it coming.

  84. Timeless, important conversation. Thanks for sharing!

  85. I will not beat myself up for taking care of me. I will continue to send myself love with each meditation. I might even allow myself to play video games for a few minutes. I usually beat myself up mentally when I want to zone out on something like that. Also, next week I am going to volunteer at a horse rescue. I am very much looking forward to the love that I can give these sweet animals. Horses were my greatest love as a child.

  86. I will make a green smoothie :)

  87. This is amazing Kris! Every word resonated so much with me and I thank you for that! Printing the planner as we speak… :)

  88. Hi Kris. Thank you for this. I’ve been feeling sad and overwhelmed lately. I haven’t been carving out the time to care for myself and it’s showing. I’m so glad I decided to catch up on my reading and to find this.

  89. I like guided meditations too!
    Perfectly agree with the article above, but cannot correct some things :D 24 hours are just too little for everything!