Are you someone who thinks of yourself as a giver; someone who puts others first? Maybe you do occasionally take time for yourself yet realize that you often forget about You and just get on with the day? For many of you your life has very little wiggle room and taking time to care for yourself can be a challenge.
When you do not give yourself the time you need to recharge you drain your energy, become exhausted, and sometimes lack clarity or focus.
Spending time on your Self is not being self-centered it is an act of self-preservation. Proper care and feeding of you will lead to keeping your vessel, your machine, your body, in the best condition possible; allowing you to perform at your peak. It is an act of self-loving.
Small choices, big results:
- Notice the things you do on a routine basis and pick one to focus on. Maybe starting the coffee pot, brushing your teeth, or laying out your cloths for the day. Whatever it is, really choose how you perform this act and why.
- Do one thing every day that makes you happy. Go for a swing ride, coffee with a friend, or indulge in puppy kisses. Every day make a conscious choice to do something that puts a smile on your face.
- Unplug. Simple yet how often do you shut things off? Just 15 minutes a day shut down, walk away, and give yourself space to just be.
- Oxygenate your body. Open windows and put on some fans, let the fresh air circulate your living or working area. You can do some deep breathing exercises, such as in yoga. Try some focused breathing – breathe into your abdomen to the count of 4, hold to the count of 4, exhale to the count of 4, then hold to the count of 4. Repeat.
- Change your diet ever so slightly and make one small shift for the week. Remove glutton, drink an extra glass of water, or trade out one animal base choice for a plant base meal. Focus on what you eat; shut down the TV, put down the phone, and really notice what you put into your body.
- Step up your movement. Go for a walk, a run, or to the gym. Connect with friends who will join you and notice how much better your day goes.
- Be still for a while and check in. What has been going on in your life? Sit quietly and notice what you are feeling and love yourself, without judgment, without blame and without explanation. Simply be.
- Treat yourself to some protected time. Take an hour and do something that feeds your soul. Meditate, read, do a puzzle, walk in nature, whatever is special for you, go do it.
- Journal with a purpose. Write down on a sheet of paper what might be bothering you. Let the thoughts flow without restriction. When you are done burn this note, let whatever that energy was release. Then in a journal write three things that went really well that day (Positive language is key).
Self-care is exercising your free-will by choosing to consciously tend to your mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and make yourself a priority.
I invite you to discover how your life changes when you take care of yourself and make small shifts in your day, authentic in your ability to choose, and responsible for your results through the power of conscious choice. The choice is yours to make. Live your life with self-care as a priority and live with conscious purpose. The choice is yours to make. If not now, when?