A Week of Self-Care

This brilliant one-week program suggests a simple activity for each day. The most important commitment we can make is to ourselves and our own well-being, and this week could go along way toward creating lives of more joyful abundance.

Day 1: Strive for Order
We can never feel we’re at our best when we’re surrounded by a mess. Today, take one step toward cleaning out all the clutter in your life. Tidy your house, balance your checkbook, file your paperwork, organize your office, clean out your closet, or get your car washed. When we de-clutter our lives, we signal to the universe that we are ready to handle more good.

Day 2: Take Time for Solitude
It is in the quiet times of reflection and contemplation that we open ourselves to rich ideas. Today, give yourself the gift of some time alone. Refresh and recreate yourself in peaceful solitude and observe with wonder the amazing possibilities for your life.

Day 3: Create Beauty
Take a look a your home or workspace. Is there anything you could do to make the space more inviting? Replace a worn-out carpet. Add a plant or a vase of flowers. We should all make beauty a habit. Notice all the beauty in your life and thank God for it.

Day 4: Give Yourself a Treat
The universe will only treat you as well as you treat yourself. That means you must be especially good to yourself. Today, think of one thing that you’d really love but that you “don’t have time for,” and then make the time. Get a massage, go to lunch with a friend, play a sport that you love, or practice a hobby that you enjoy. Life is meant to be enjoyed. The better you treat yourself, the better you will find life treating you.

Day 5: Tell the Truth
Practice living and speaking from your sense of authenticity. Be someone that others can trust will tell the truth about who you are and what you feel, because when you tell your truth with love, you empower others to live from truth as well.

Day 6: Laugh
We celebrate the Divine by finding humor in life, so make it a habit to find opportunities to laugh. Today, watch a comedy or listen to a funny tape while you’re driving to work. Read the comics in the paper. Go to the park and listen to children’s laughter as they play. Make faces at yourself in the mirror.

Day 7: Remain Calm
We can maintain composure even in trying situations by holding onto the firm belief that the Divine is our source. Today, face head-on a challenge that you’ve been avoiding and keep your cool while you do it. Make it a habit to remain calm and to say to yourself, “All is well. God provides.”

Adapted from The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, by Edwene Gaines (Rodale Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Edwene Gaines. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, by Edwene Gaines (Rodale Press, 2005).


Jane Carroll
Jane Carroll10 years ago

Kathe M. DOES have a point!
The whole "universe" treating you well in return is definitely a chance happening. Growing up poor in a 2-bedroom house with a stressed-out rage-aholic Dad was not a fun "universe". My life is wonderful now, after lots of hard work, struggle and definitely lots of therapy! I am grateful. I do worry and wonder about the enormous suffering out there though.

Kathe M.
Kathe M.10 years ago

RE: "The universe will only treat you as well as you treat yourself."

Does this mean that people who are victims or warefare and genocide didn't treat themselves well enough? What rot, such weak-headed thinking. While we should all strive to treat ourselves -- and each other -- well, when bad things happen to us, it's in part because we the world can be a random and sometimes cruel place. We should recognize we don't have control of most things.

I can't believe this guy tried to bang a buck out of such ridiculousness!

TRE Trigo
TRE ert10 years ago

find enjoyment in everything you do
if you lost interest everything in your life
would seem dull and pointless
Make it a habit to discover, explore the wonders of life
it maybe through laughing with your friends, a kiss from your mum, a simple exercise, a delicious dinner, a pat in the back, a tease, from a cup of coffee and by praying..

Kevin W.
Kevin W.10 years ago

I find self care just as important as financial stability. We must be able to balance all these thins in our lives in order to be happy.

Mira Jayne
Mira Jayne10 years ago

"self care"?

how odd. I don't all of these as "self care."
I agree with the following as self care:

1. Give Yourself a Treat.
2. Create Beauty (in 'your space' or noticing it).
3. Take Time for Solitude and,
4. Laugh.

I **strongly** disagree with all the "thank the Divine" etc. Yes, I know this is in the Spirituality section. I found this by clicking around for something else.

Why do I disagree with the rest of it being "self care"?

Because that is simply the way we should live our lives. It's less self care, imo, then care for others and caring for the world and society we live in.

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Art Of Living10 years ago

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Kimberly K.
Kim Kane10 years ago

great ideas

Cathy Tysinger
Cathy Tysinger10 years ago

The Laws make alot of sense too me and I'm sure to others. I need to get this book. Edwene is full of knowledge. And thanks for putting the words of wisdom in the site

Rosa Jordan
Emerald Jordan10 years ago

Full of beauty!

Kathryn H.
Kathryn G10 years ago

good stuff