Taking Back Self Care
Self-care is so much more than just taking a bubble bath, spa day, or going to a weekend retreat. Although all of these acts can be wonderful and de-stress you at the moment, is it really what we need long term? What we are really looking for is lasting well-being. Well-being is defined as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” according to Webster's dictionary. It is the improvement of physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It's not meant to just be a short time escape from things. In order to feel a long-term difference we have to work on all levels. It's really all an inside job. We must work to keep our nervous system balanced along the way. There is so much always pulling on us, and keeping us moving in fifty different directions at once that
It can be hard to find a place for us on the daily list. I'm no different than all of you. It has taken many, many years of my life to finally start getting it. Internal care is a must.
We tend to take care of the parts everyone else sees but what about the parts that are screaming for some attention? We may work out at the gym but that only satisfies one part of us. What I have discovered is that we need to simultaneously work on all parts.
Every day I start with my inner and outer well-being. I do this before I start my clients
because or it wont get done. Why do we always cast ourselves aside first?
The following is an example of my morning routine of self-care:
30-minute Eft & journaling.
10-minute card pull.
That sets my day. They all help me to let go of stress physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally as well. I don't have time you say. It's all a matter of importance. I get up earlier when I have an early client. In a sense, this is taking back your power.
Also, I find time to play during the week and also have dates with those I love. The bubble baths and retreats should be a bonus, not the mainstay for self-care.
Create your own morning routine and commit to it in 6 out of 7 days. No excuses!
Make it well-rounded on all levels. Remember to include some play and dates as well, whether they are with friends, family, or your partner. Most importantly, make it fun and something you will stick to. You will be so happy that you did!