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Lara Shriftman: My friend Colette Baron-Reid, an internationally renowned intuitive counselor, radio personality, speaker, and seminar leader, wrote these tips on how to get in tune with a mother's intuition. She shared them with me, and now I'd like to share them with you.

Intuition is a gift that we all have, but that speaks to women with the most clarity when your kids are small. That said, most moms forget that as keenly honed as your intuition is when it comes to your kids, it can be equally as accurate and useful for yourself. As your intuition links to their care, it can also link to your self-care!

Here are 5 tips for intuitive time-outs and self-care moments:

5 Tips for Intuitive Time-Outs and Self-Care Moments

Take a Bubble Bath

Even if you're only in it for 10 minutes, imagine your children in a pink bubble of protection surrounded by their guardian angels.

Immerse yourself in the bubble bath and allow your mind to focus only on counting the bubbles you see.

Wash Dishes

Water is the element of intuitive guidance. When washing dishes, behave as though you're taking a bubble bath: allow your thoughts to focus on the water, the sound of it, the splashing noises. You will be surprised at how calm you end up feeling!

Eat

As your child needs to eat, so do you. Chances are, a lot of your anxiety is related to you neglecting your proper nutrition. So when you do eat, chew very, very slowly, counting each one, allowing your senses to be immersed in the taste, if only for 5 minutes.

Give Yourself Permission To Be Perfectly Imperfect

Your self-care must come even before laundry. If you can take your bubble bath now, do it. The laundry can be done at night.

Don't Run On Automatic!

Do different things every day. When you go to the grocery store, walk down different aisles than you normally would. Walk/drive down a different street. This keeps you free from terminal sameness, and will help you be aware of yourself and your needs. Then, you can be the best YOU for your family!




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Bubbles June 9, 2010, 11:07 AM

Who knew a 10 minute bubblebath could be so relaxing? I try to now incorporate a bubblebath into my schedule three times a week now. Thanks!

Anonymous June 20, 2010, 7:41 PM

Thank you so much for these helpful suggestions! Especially to watch for “running on automatic.” I catch myself doing that way too much and I know it is not healthy.

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