Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Create A Self-Care Practice
Self-care is NOT selfish.
Making yourself a priority in your own life does NOT mean that you don't care for your loved ones.
Without self-care, life will overwhelm us. We'll grow frustrated, depleted, even bitter. Our energy plummets. Our weight skyrockets. We compromise our immune systems and invite all kinds of ailments into our bodies and minds. Our relationships suffer. We find ourselves ill-tempered and uninspired. We lose our confidence. Before we know it, a spiritual cancer has set in.
Self-care will combat this.
Re-prioritize. It's time to drop back and punt. Resolve to reevaluate your priorities. Put yourself at the top of your priority list. You can't be number one outside until you are number one inside.
Reconnect with yourself. Ask, "What makes me happy, and what can I do to be the best version of myself?" Take a self-inventory, and then take action!
Retreat to nature. Take in and appreciate the beauty and stillness of nature. Immerse yourself in its restorative power. Open yourself to the lessons nature has to teach.
Rekindle your relationship with spirit. Meditate. Pray. Contemplate. Journal your thoughts and feelings. Recommit yourself to spiritual work.
Refuel your body. Re-energize it by getting enough rest, nourishing yourself with healthy foods, and finding fitness you enjoy.
Redecorate your mind. Renew your thinking through positive affirmations and self-talk. Rip down those dismal drapes of doom and let in the light. Clear out the cobwebs of negativity that have slowed or stalled your progress. Release any thoughts that no longer serve you or the highest good.
Recruit support. Hold yourself accountable. Enlist the help of loved ones, friends, or a coach to help you get your life back in control.
Creating an effective self-care practice is about redesigning your life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The more you give to yourself, the more you give to your loved ones.
Take care of YOU. You are the only YOU you've got.