Sheryl Isaacs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently working in Scotts Valley seeing clients in private practice.
Sheryl has worked with families and children that have experienced a wide range of issues including: anxiety, trauma, depression, autism, ADHD, developmental issues, behavioral issues, divorce,
bulimia, grief, communication and self esteem issues.
She provides parental coaching, child therapy, sibling counseling, family therapy, marriage counseling, and individual counseling.
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I thought that I would share a little bit of what my husband and I have done to create our own "self-care" space outside. For myself, a self-care space is about having a space that brings a smile to your face. I love sayings that are encouraging, knick-knacks and color. My husband loves fountains and fish. Anything that makes us smile and calms our spirit are things that we included in the space.
My husband is a huge fan of fountains, so we have several in our outside space. We started with one many years ago and have added more through the years. I tend to love bright colors and things that are cute or unique. I have collected different ceramic pieces that I enjoy. I am always on the look out for more unique pieces that that speak to me that I can add. The yard was drab so we added potted plants to add color. We found some unique solar items on sale that turn on at dusk and add a pretty cool effect :) The bistro table was exactly what I was looking for with chairs that are high enough that they are easy to get in and out of and make it possible to type at the table. There is also a half-wine barrel that we turned into a small fish pond.
We have our grandsons over a lot so we needed a yard that is play friendly too. The boys love to feed the birds and squirrels that the fountains attract. They also help Papa clean the fish pond when they can and feed the fish. The chiminea is perfect for roasting marshmallow and eating s'mores. Our space has become a place that we can create memories with those that we love which helps increase the "feel good" of our space for us.
Whether I sit at the table in the kitchen and look out in the yard or sit at the table in the yard, I can feel connected and calm. I find the water sound soothing and it helps me to focus on my writing. When my mom or the girls come over it is a wonderful place to sit and visit.
We can lose sight that our home should be our refuge, a place of calm and peace where we can recharge. When we take the time to make that space with the things we love and enjoy we are creating a "climate of self-care" within our home. We will find that we destress naturally and gravitate towards those things that nourish our soul.
Remember creating that space is about finding those things that are calming and relaxing to you.
Everyone's space is going to be different because we are unique individuals!
What makes me smile?
What calms my spirit?
What helps increase my creativity?
Those are the things that you want to include in your space. Make it yours! Own that space and most importantly be creative in the process!