Welcome to March! It’s hard to believe we are already 3 months in to 2019! How has your new year been going? Have you been able to honor your word/intention thus far? I’m still letting curiosity guide me this year…more to come on that in another post.
Last week, Jonathan and Maddie Rose were off for mid-winter school break. As always, it was a little challenging to find the week’s rhythm as I was still operating in regular work mode.
We had grand plans for the week – things we wanted to do as a family, things we wanted to accomplish for ourselves, and of course projects we wanted to do around the house…lots of needs to be met. All in all we navigated the week pretty well. We got one of the two house projects done, Maddie had 3 playdates, and as a result we had two friend/family dinner dates, and we had two family outings, one to Boston and one to Brattleboro, VT. And, of course, we squeezed in time to work so we didn’t get too far behind on our work responsibilities. The one thing we both neglected to include into our fantastic plan was some dedicated time for nourishing self-care. Yes, heading out on our family outings and having our friends over for dinner definitely nourished our souls, but having some quiet down-time as a couple and separately would have been really valuable to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being as well. I don’t know how we missed that. Even my yoga and meditation and journaling practices fell by the wayside!!
In my opinion, self-care is anything that you do for yourself that you enjoy doing - anything that fills you up – nourishes you. It can be anything from going for a walk in nature to lifting weights, to writing, or painting or reading, singing, blowing bubbles…ANYTHING that YOU LOVE TO DO FOR YOURSELF!!! And it doesn’t have to take a lot of time either. If you only have 5 minutes to do it, then do it…you’ll feel better for having done something, rather than continuing to wait until you have the 30 or 60 or 90 minutes (or however long) you think you need.
Running is one thing I enjoy. With my current schedule I don’t have 2-3 consecutive hours right now to devote to long runs, so getting to run a couple times a week even for 25 minutes feels great. A little is better than nothing. Same with singing – I try to make sure I sing for about 10 minutes 2-3 times a week. My voice is not back to where it was when I was performing 20 years ago, but my heart feels happier for tapping into that creative energy. I view these acts as self-care acts right up there with my yoga and meditation practices as they make me feel nourished and well-cared for.
Is there something you’ve been wanting to do for yourself that you’ve been putting off because you feel like you don’t have the kind of time or energy you want to do it? If so, could you reframe it and see how valuable it would be for you to do some aspect of it right now? Where/when/how could you do one thing for yourself for 5 minutes every day?
I’m going to sit right now in meditaton for just a couple of minutes before I swap out with Jonathan so he can get some work done AND go to the gym!
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