This Election Day Is Also “Take Yourself On” Day

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Did you know there is a national fried scallops day? Umhmm, it was October 2nd. Put it on your calendar for next year if you’re upset you missed it.

There’s also a national hermit day, name your car day, and get funky day. What does that even look like?

I haven’t filed the paperwork or anything yet, but if there can be a national fluffernutter day, then there most certainly should be a day for us to unilaterally proclaim our desire to improve how we live, love, think, and behave.

Join me in celebrating “take yourself on” today

Election day seems like a damn good choice to celebrate this both nationally and internationally. We are constantly influencing everyone around us in both tiny and giant ways. When you show up for a packed yoga class at the last minute, and someone is thoughtful enough to move their mat to make room for you, it changes your entire outlook on your practice.

No improvement or effort is too small. Yesterday, a man opened a door for me. He was walking in the same direction and hurried ahead so he could open the next one too. “I guess today is ‘I open the door for you’ day”, he said with a smile. I smiled too. And I relished the opportunity to open a door for someone else a little later on that day.

3 very simple ways to embrace the choice to “take yourself on” every single day

  1. Choose one thing each day to improve on. It’s so easy because there are unlimited possibilities. Smile more. Offer each person you encounter a compliment. Put candy in someone’s coat pocket and don’t take the credit. Call (don’t text) 3 friends whom you haven’t spoken to in far too long. Put a fresh towel out for your significant other before their shower. Offer to walk a neighbor’s dog in the rain. Hug the hell out of a tree. Have fun making this list and let your mind go wild. It’s truly a blast.
  2. Take on a task you’ve been actively ignoring. I don’t know about you, but my list is too damn long. And there are additions almost daily. Whether it’s a chore, conversation, or obligation, just dig in and do it. Today, I will get the dent in my car fixed. It’s a hassle and I don’t want to spend my time that way, but I know I’ll be relieved to cross it off the ever-growing list.
  3. Self-care is a necessity. Understanding self-care is the only way we can offer anything to anyone else is an imperative component in the pursuit of taking ourselves on. We must have energetic reserves to be there for others physically, emotionally, and to be mentally present. There are innumerable ways to make sure self-care is a daily priority. From getting enough sleep to meditation, yoga practice, and spending time in silent solitude, self-care is a crucial ingredient in the arsenal of tools to help you take yourself on.

We’d love to hear your suggestions regarding this all too important life strategy. Please comment so we can learn from you.

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