6 Little Ways To Nurture Yourself

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind.

I went to the doctors and it was confirmed that I have what is known as a TMJ Disorder.  This is inflammation in the joint which connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the skull.  My doctor told me just to keep resting my jaw (i.e., no chewy breads or yummy valentine chocolates!) and to take ibuprofen as needed.

Foods I’ve Been Avoiding Like The Plague:

  • Salads
  • Sandwiches with chewy breads
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Granola and Cereals
  • Whole Fruits
  • Tough Meats
  • Tempeh

Foods That I’ve Been Eating A Lot Of:

  • Hummus
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Muffins, soft tortillas and soft breads
  • Green Smoothies
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Cheese
  • Tofu
  • Soft Fish
  • Soups

As painful as TJM Disorders can be, it’s nice to know that there are soft, healthy options that still taste good for when flare ups come.  Since my doctor said that I’ll most likely get this again from time to time, I plan on building a repertoire of soft foods that I’ll enjoy eating.

Hello, ice cream. 😉

In the midst of a busy week of working, doctor visits, and veterinary visits (for Humphrey!), I’ve been trying to sneak in some me time.  I’m a huge believer in self nurturing…

6 Little Ways To Nurture Yourself

1. Go For A Walk.

Walking can revive your energy and calm you down after a busy day.  Choose a calm, quiet place where you can take in the beautiful scenery.  Don’t focus on pace or distance.  Just get out there!

2. Indulge With Your Favorite Lotion.

Never underestimate the power of your favorite scent!  Indulge in paying a little extra for your favorite hand and body lotions and use it throughout the day.

3. Take 10 Minutes Of Peace And Quiet.

Everyone (everyone!!) has 10 minutes.  Take the time to do nothing and enjoy the serenity of absolute peace and quiet.  Choose your favorite spot (outdoors or indoors), make a cup of tea, and just do nothing.  You’ll be amazed at how refreshing this can be (even for the Type A’s!)

4. Buy A Devotional Book.

I’m a fan of the author Joyce Meyer.  She writes a little devotional book called “New Day, New You,” which offers a new verse from the Bible each day and a little, one-page blurp.  This is how I jump start my day!

5. Do Something Out Of The Ordinary.

Buy a starbucks coffee on your way to work.  Stop at the grocery store on your way home and buy a fresh new magazine.  Eat dinner in the living room with your pj’s on.  Doing something out of the ordinary can fresh up your daily routine and put a little spark into your busy week!

6. Stretch For 10 Minutes At The End Of Your Day.

This doesn’t have to be a formal yoga or pilates session.  Sitting at work all day can tighten the muscles and make you feel achy and sore.  Learn a few simple yoga poses (downward dog and sun salutations are my favorites!) or simply do your own gentle stretching to loosen up after a long day.

QUESTION: How do you like to nurture yourself when life gets busy?

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12 thoughts on “6 Little Ways To Nurture Yourself

  1. I haven’t commented in a long while since you’ve switched blogs but I wanted to today – to say hello and to answer your question! I am a mom now to a rambunctious, fun-loving 10-month-old baby boy plus working full time outside the home so more busy now than ever. I’m able to nurture myself through running (after work for a quick mile run or on early Sunday mornings, when my husband stays home with the baby so I can run) and through meeting up with my girlfriends. I’m grateful for two of those things, as they help keep me sane!

    Also, I’m sorry about your TMJ Disorder. Maybe 6 years ago, I thought I had TMJ real bad. I went to a dentist and they thought I needed to see a specialist. I went to another dentist for a second opinion and they diagnosed it as me gritting my teeth so much it hurt my jaw. Thankfully a teeth/mouth guard helped tremendously, which I wore for about 3 years or so. Now, I don’t have any jaw pain. But I know how that pain feels and I’m sorry you have to go through it!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Michelle! I love the ways you nurture yourself. There’s nothing quite like an unwinding run to refresh and revive yourself.

      Also, thanks for the tips on TMJ! I think I need to see a dentist about this and talk about the teeth/mouth guard that you mentioned. If it helps with the jaw pain, I’m all for it!

      • You’re welcome! I love reading your blog. You have great recipes and just encouragement in general. Your blog has definitely blessed me.

        Yes, ask your dentist about a mouth guard. I was grinding my teeth so much that it just hurt my jaw immensely. Miraculously enough, after several years of mouth guard use, I don’t need it anymore because my jaw doesn’t hurt.

  2. Hi Sarah, I feel your pain! I’m supposed to go see a specialist for suspected TMJ but haven’t made the appointment yet, actually I tried but insurance got in the way. I’ve got to make more of an effort. I take pictures to nurture myself. Little reminders that the world is a beautiful place.

  3. I love to take walks around the parks where the magpies sing their unique melodious tune and i just the time to cherish the scenery and let my mind be at ease. Reading my devoutional with tea =) also helps me start and end my day on a positive note.

  4. Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    I have been really enjoying Sarah’s blog. I am trying another of her recipe’s tomorrow for a meatless Monday (with Lent everyday is meatless for a while 🙂 ) . Anyway while I doubt I will be partaking in number 2 some of you ladies might like the idea. I am particularly fond of ideas 3-6!

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