Happy Monday Kick Assers! As we get ready to roll into the week, take a look at where you have “free time.” My therapist asked me last week what I was doing for self care and my answer was, "I have become precious AF about my time." She laughed and said that may have been the most passionate answer she heard that week. Open space in your calendar may only be a few small windows these days, but that’s ok. If you can find at least one 1/2 hour of free time each day- claim that time for yourself! Literally put it in your calendar as “Me time.” I had to do this recently and it has made a huge difference in my energy and stress levels. So what do I do with this time? I gift myself sanctuary. This varies depending on where I am, and what my needs are in the moment. Sometimes sanctuary “me time” is sitting quietly outside in a calm and serene location (with or without and cup of tea). Sometimes this looks like me singing or dancing around my home. Sometimes this looks like a walk around my neighborhood or a simple bath. Sometimes it’s just the time I spend before bed, unwinding from the day and nurturing myself with positive dialogue, mantras, and affirmations. My meditations, walks, and the practice of present moment delights are things that fall into my sanctuary time. Get creative with how you use yours. Don’t forget we are still in recovery. Capitalism is beating the drum about “getting back to normal,” but many of us are still wrestling with grief, trauma, and severe stress. Your self-care / self-love and the demands of “return to normal” are directly in conflict: DO NOT SACRIFICE YOUR NEEDS TO RETURN TO NORMAL. Honor your needs this week, Kick Assers. Breathe, use awareness, and communication to speak to your emotions. Your authenticity (and your sanctuary) will thank you.