Trust me when I say, I know self-care can feel like another thing to add to your already overwhelming to-do list. When you’re already busy with just getting through the day-to-day stuff, self-care feels like a chore, an extra effort you just don’t have the energy, time or inclination for.
But trust me also when I say, self-care is worth the effort and will actually renew and boost your energy, creativity, and service to the world, whether that world is your family and loved ones, your community and society, or the planet at large.
Self-care is a sacred act if it’s done mindfully and with intention. When you take the time and treat yourself with love and worthiness, your cup truly will overflow and affect everyone around you.
If you start your self-care rituals slowly, with even minimal commitment I have faith that you’ll feel the benefits. Magically you may also notice you find more time and desire to expand your self-care rituals.
So What Exactly is Self-Care?
Well, that can be very personal. However, there are basic principles to start with for anyone’s general wellbeing. You’ll want to focus on your three levels of holistic health, physical, mental and spiritual.
Physically, you want to consider healthy intake and output. In other words, diet and exercise. Examples can be as simple as adding a green smoothie to your daily diet and taking a daily walk. It will depend greatly on where you’re at with your physical care. Find something you can actually enjoy. Move your body in whatever way feels good. It doesn’t have to be a formal fitness practice. Integrate whole unprocessed foods into your diet a bit at a time. Experiment and find what makes your taste buds happy.
Mentally, you’ll want to figure out what keeps your mind happy and feeling positive about life. Does listening to your favorite tunes fill you with glee and nostalgia? Does watching an inspiring movie renew your strength and hope for life? Maybe reading an uplifting book or creating a piece of art brightens your mood. Whatever it is that makes you smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside, find it and do it at least a few times a week.
Spiritually, you’ll want to find a practice of meditation that works for you. Types of meditation can include, sitting quietly, chanting mantras, intuitive dance, ‘Mindful Walking’ (this one actually covers physical and mental wellbeing so you really get a bang for your time spent), really the list is endless. It’s not just about emptying your mind as you might have once been lead to believe. Find a practice that fits with you and your lifestyle and start it for a mere ten minutes a day. You can work up to twenty as you feel drawn to.
There truly are countless ways to practice self-care. Whatever fills you up and contributes to your health is self-care.
Some Self-Care Ideas
- Enjoy a jacuzzi with a glass of organic wine and some fresh organic berries.
- Take a warm bath and add some of your favorite essential oils.
- Sit in a cozy chair and read a good novel.
- Blast some of your favorite dance tunes and sing and dance.
- Experiment with adding fresh herbs to a salad.
- Take the time to enjoy your morning coffee, or herbal tea, in the sun.
- Call a friend who always makes you feel great.
Making The Most of Self-Care.
Once you’ve discovered what practices work for you, it’s time to start focussing on intention. This is the magic ingredient for the spell of creating more time for ‘you’.
What do you want to receive through this practice?
Let’s say you’re making yourself a green smoothie. Perhaps you can think about how amazing these living, vibrant fruits and vegetables are going to make you feel. Imagine the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and life force they will gift to your body each day. Wash, cut and blend your smoothie with love and care. Thank the plants for their gifts. Feel your own sacredness in this moment.
Self-care is a sacred act. You are a sacred being. You not only deserve this time you feel you’re stealing away, it’s your right. You require it in order to give back to the world with a full, beautiful and productive heart. If you’re a giver who takes care of others, this should be a non-negotiable!
Just start one practice for ten minutes a day and see where it leads. What do you have to lose?
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve decided to try it. And I’d love to hear about the magic that unfolds for you when you do it.
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