There is a lot of talk about Self Care, and I think it is a term close to being overused. But there is definitely some merit in the concept. Because you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. I think this is especially applicable to women because we are generally the caretakers of others: friends, family, fur-babies, you get my point.
Think about it. The airlines tell you during their instructions to place the mask on you before helping anybody around you. YOU have to be “well” in order to provide any assistance to others. Self care is key.
I didn’t realize how important this was until I got married. And now that I have a daughter, I’m recognizing the need even more. Admittedly, I haven’t been good at practicing it, but I’m aware of it. It is interesting how these posts are applicable to everybody, BUT seem to be exactly what I need when I write them. Coincidence? I think not.
It feels selfish to take time for yourself. At least it’s why I haven’t been as active taking care of myself these past few months. But our lives are busy and coming at us at lightening speed. Never in history have we had so many distractions from our selves.
So here are a few easy and inexpensive ideas that I enjoy when it’s time to re-charge:
- Take a nap
- Drink some cold water
- MOVE – whether a run, a walk, weight training, or a good stretch. 20 minutes minimum.
- Get outside in the sunshine
- Hug somebody – and enjoy the return hug
- Read a book unrelated to anything work related. Better = fiction.
- Write / draw in my journal
- Visit a museum
- Snuggle with my dogs
- Tidy the house
- Call a loved one – be selective and choose somebody who “feeds” you
- Light a candle, pour some coffee (or wine!) and read a magazine
- Get a pedicure
There are all kinds of things you can do to relax and recharge. If you want to spend a little more time or money, I enjoy a day at the spa, a staycation in a swanky hotel with at least one night by myself, a stay at a lake-house with morning coffee by the water. A personal trainer for at home yoga. Oh. SO MANY options.
This is such a good reminder to take care of ourselves, isn’t it? BUT you have to make it intentional. I found this on Instagram and love the message:
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Don’t put taking care of you last on your list. Self-care is vital. Claim it. Create boundaries. Love yourself good. The world can be crazy, family can be intense, and relationships can be confusing. These facts of life at less overwhelming when we know how to claim the space and time to take care of our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. I love you so much. #HeartTalk
I know this message has reminded me to get back into the practice of prioritizing care for myself. I am going to begin by putting my “sessions” on my calendar, just like anything else that is a MUST. Otherwise it isn’t going to happen. THAT is a practice in self discipline, right?
What are some ways that YOU practice self care? I would love to hear your ideas – and possibly incorporate them for myself.