Self-care is something that I’ve been consciously focusing on for some time now. I wrote about it back in 2016, and I’ve been trying to honor my self-care practices to the best that I’m able. I’ve even created an 8 week course to help women discover the practices that feed them and to help them begin to weave self-care more consistently and realistically into their lives.
I feel like self-care has gotten a bad rap: like somewhere along the way we decided that caring for ourselves was in some way selfish – and that couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, self-care is vital to our well-being. If we don’t take radically good care of ourselves, who will? And how can we begin to offer ourselves as support for anyone else if we aren’t taking care of ourselves? We won’t have anything left to give if we are dipping into a well that is dry.
Self-care doesn’t have to be anything fancy – it could be as simple as closing your eyes and sitting and breathing in quiet for 5 minutes; it could be taking a walk; it could be just sitting and eating without checking your emails or texts; it could mean reading a book before bed; it could mean turning off your phone and computer by 9pm and going to bed early. Basically it could mean anything that FEELS deliciously good and nourishing to you.
For me right now, self-care looks like minimizing the amount of work I do at night and trying to stop everything by 9:45pm, taking a nice hot shower and hopping into bed to read; it means getting up early and journaling and meditating before I practice yoga; it means weaving running back into my life now that my injury is pretty much healed; it means relaxing on the couch with Jonathan on Friday and Saturday nights with a movie and dessert; it means monthly chiropractic appointments; it means baking at least once a month. These are what I’ve decided feed my soul the most right now. There are definitely more things I want to add in, but they will be added in at a later time. Right now this menu of practices is feeding me well.
If you are wondering where to start to bring a little self-care into your life then try this:
Put you back into your life right now – email me and post to our Facebook group what practice you are going to offer yourself and how it feels to make you and your needs number 1 on your “to-do” list!!
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