As I sit here staring at a blank page and feeling slight pressure to write something, anything this month. I realize that yes, it’s true— you can’t pour from an empty cup. I have been spreading myself thin and moving in a lot of different directions in the past month. I haven’t been meditating like I should. I have been taking care of myself in other ways but from my experience your overall wellness needs vary from day to day.  I can add an episode of a Super Soul Sunday podcast to my routine and it’s all I need to energize my spirit on a Tuesday. Yet, on Thursday I may need to skip TV and put on my favorite playlist. Even making my smoothies each morning sets the tone that I need to prioritize my health on a daily basis and I feel empowered.

There’s no perfect formula to self-care. There isn’t only one right way to do it. Self-care is a practice. A daily practice. A daily learning of listening to the needs of our bodies and minds, and feeding those things. When I allow myself to get to the point of feeling stressed and overwhelmed, it’s because I have done too much and not enough. Too much thinking. Too much talking. Not enough breathing. Taking a moment to process, feel and breathe is key to self-care. That pause is often the difference between choosing quiet and calm over conversation and over-analyzing. The stillness allows the answers to flow organically. When feeling replenished and self-aware, I am at my best. I can give and receive with clarity. I can give myself grace, hold myself accountable and keep joy and peace at the forefront.

I guess, this month is a gentle reminder to do what you need to do to take care of you. Make sure you are scheduling your annual health check-ups. Nourish your body inside and out. Log off social when you need to. Take a vacation or enjoy a staycation. Give yourself permission to opt out of the things and people that weigh you down. Create your peace and commit to it.

Naomi Osaka’s decision to not do press at the French Open which eventually resulted in her pulling out of the tournament completely was a Masterclass in self-care. What a statement for self. What a brave, beautiful way to choose her mental health and well-being above outside expectations. She decided with vulnerability what’s best for her on such a large stage, what a leader she is. May we all take note.

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”Iain Thomas

A moment to breathe below:


By Tiffany Reneé

Open your heart.

Feel your vulnerability

Feel your pain

Feel your anger

Feel your loneliness

Feel your regret

Feel your loss

Now, take a deep breath in… and release it.

Feel your vulnerability

Feel your joy

Feel your love

Feel your dreams

Feel your strength

Feel your peace

Breathe in, Breathe out. Breathe in, Breathe out.


Repeat as needed.

Love & Light.


Tiffany Reneé

Tiffany Reneé is a writer, poet and activist based in New York. She is a free spirit who loves to truly connect with others. She believes that life gives us opportunities to learn and grow daily if we are open to see the beauty in the expansion. Family time, deep conversation, wine, cooking, music, laughter and travel are a few of her favorite things. She’s a soulful dreamer from the Midwest who has always been drawn to the city lights and the possibilities that exist in choosing “more” of what allows you to live a life that you love.

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