I can probably speak for many moms out there when I say I rarely take time for myself. I’m not talking some time here or there to run errands alone. I mean actually taking me time to relax and reflect. So when SheSpeaks announced they were going to be working with Cerra, a new website dedicated to helping people get those moments back and take time for themselves, it had me very intrigued.
What is Cerra and how can they help me get some me time?
Cerra is all about teaching others to be aware, act and reflect. When you are aware of your thoughts and feelings you can act appropriately with thoughtful intentions and you can reflect on your experiences with positivity. In order to get in the habit of being aware, acting and reflecting they introduced the Seven Intentions.
2. Creative Energy
4. Loving Kindness
They touch on the universal virtues by using your senses. Cerra offers a variety of items in their boutique to help you getting into the new ritual like tea’s, sensory oils, dissolving notes (which are great in letting go of negative feelings/energy), music, candles, a journal for you to keep notes throughout your day or week and more.
This short video will help give you an idea of what Cerra is about.
They even have this great feature on their page where you can type how you are feeling at that moment and they will give you some recommendations on ways to become more balanced. For example I headed on over there and typed in stressed because what person isn’t stressed at one point in their life. After hitting submit three recommendations popped up.
1. Three deep breaths – “Your breath is a powerful force. Just as it carries essential oxygen into the body, an intentional breath can bring your awareness to the moment as it helps you feel GROUNDED in a secure place.”
2. Sensory oil Grounded – “The Grounded Sensory Oil helps create balance in your life. By engaging your sense of smell, you can start to become more aware of your feelings and your ability to shift your moods.”
3. Something from the Seven Intentions: Grounded – “I am becoming more deeply grounded. My roots are strong and are connecting me to my source of security.”
I have to tell you that something as little as stopping for a minute during your busy day to recite one of the seven intentions along with smelling the sensory oil is very calming and it really does help. I am the type of person that tends to be a walking stress ball. A lot of little things get to me and I just let it build which ends up with me being exhausted emotionally and physically. By stopping and doing the deep breathing along with the oil and reciting one of the Seven Intentions has helped me tremendously. It forces me to stop and look at what is going on in this moment and realize it’s not worth getting upset over. This is usually when I use a dissolving note. I write whatever I had been thinking about that was negative and let it go. It’s calming and relieving at the same time.
One thing I really enjoy about being a member of Cerra is the reminder emails. Don’t worry they aren’t annoying or pushy. You get an email once a week with a little reminder to make time for yourself so you can get your “Me Moment”. They have tips on different ways to achieve it and for someone like myself this is exactly what I need. A friendly reminder that hey, take a moment and just be.