It is something that has become a priority for me in the past 4 years. I used to be the woman that always complained about needing to get away and take care of myself but never actually doing anything about it.
That all changed after the BIG “C” diagnosis and self care was not an option anymore. It was pivotal to my change of living with minimal amounts of stress.
Self care doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, or require an excessive amount of time. It can be achieved through simple changes, 10 minute time outs, and a new perspective.
So just what is self care?
Self care includes intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health.** It is about identifying your needs and finding ways to fulfill them. It is not selfish, but is the wisest thing you can do not only for yourself but for those around you.
We have all heard the oxygen mask in the airplane analogy as far as self care goes. Put on your mask first, before assisting others. In other words, you are no good to anyone else if you are suffocating too.
We still struggle with the actual implementation of any sort of plan because we get overwhelmed with how to start, or where to even start.
I know…I was there too.
So instead of creating a list of 101 things to do for self care or a worksheet to print out and write on….cause heaven knows, I don’t need one.more.piece.of.paper to print and lose amidst the other piles, I am just going to share some practical tips to start shifting your self care “want to’s” , to self care…”I cans.”
These are things that I have learned and have leaned on the past few years. My self care practice ebbs and flows and changes depending on what is happening in my life. Some of my practices are a constant, I can not live with out. You may find that you already do some self care, but never saw it that way. When you shift your perspective on that action….you actually allow yourself to validate that practice as “GOOD for you.” And it will produce a different energy for you.
So are you ready to dive in to some wonderful self care ideas?
I will be back on Thursday with my first one.
Until then, get your jammies ready.