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India Ohree - Emotional Intimacy "Before I Do"

Written By: @indiaohree 

Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you’ll ever have in this world. Your ability to be in tune and properly respond to your emotional needs helps cultivate a space where you center self preservation, thrive, and ultimately live your life fully. As women, it’s empowering to explore ways we can honor and connect with ourselves on the deepest, most intimate levels. 


Regularly check-in with yourself​: Set a time each week that you exclusively dedicate to evaluating your joy and satisfaction with the people around you, your daily routine, and the quality of your life. Be emotionally available to yourself. Note how you feel throughout your day while participating in life, what causes you stress, which people and circumstances trigger your anxiety, what you are doing and who you are with when you experience the most peace. Write these things down weekly. Brainstorm small, practical changes you can make to your daily routine to help you better align your reality with the vision you have for yourself.


Cultivate a 20 minute daily journaling practice​: Releasing thoughts and musings from your mind to paper can be freeing. Daily journaling can enhance your sense of self awareness, help you to release daily stressors, improve the quality of your life & boost your mood, as well as have a positive impact on your mental health.


Dedicate 10 minutes daily to meditation​: Sitting with yourself quietly for just a few minutes each day does so much good for your emotional health. Emotional balance, as well as an increase in positive emotions, is proven to occur when maintaining consistency with your meditation practice.


Connect with a therapist​: Therapy is an amazing opportunity to experience a myriad of emotions in a safe, supportive, therapeutic environment. Allow yourself to receive professional guidance on ways you can master the art of self compassion and better understand, respect, and communicate your feelings. It’s becoming more accessible, and many offer sliding scale rates. Therapyforblackgirls.com is a beautiful resource to help you find a therapist that meets your needs.


Create joyful experiences​:Plan time in your schedule to be fully immersed in the activities that ignite joy in your life. Dance, paint, sing, enjoy a fun, solo outing. Centering yourself and your happiness leads to a healthy, emotionally intimate relationship with self, as well as with others.


Wishing you beauties all the best!

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