How do YOU take care of YOU? Do you intentionally care for yourself, regularly, occasionally, or not at all? Self care plays an important role in your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
When you intentionally take care of your body, your mind, and your spirit, you will reap the benefits of greater vitality and resilience. Experiment with these tips and tools and follow these simple steps to a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
It is health which is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. (Mahatma) Gandhi
Don’t Forget … To Take Care of Yourself
The Many Faces of Self Care
Self care can take many forms. You may have a friend who cares for herself by practicing yoga … but you’re a runner who isn’t into “ohms.” Or your mom swears by the power of cooking to calm and center her … but you’d rather get take-out and relax on the couch. Maybe a bubble bath is your ultimate form of pampering. Just as you don’t care for every family member or each of your friends in the same way, realize your version of self care may look different from others’.
“Sure,” you think, “I should take more walks/listen to soothing music/read poetry/take up a new hobby.” But without creating a plan and taking concrete action, self care can easily become just another thing to feel guilty about not doing. Great self care requires you to commit to a few, daily self care habits and then pursue them faithfully and enthusiastically.
An easy way to be intentional about self care is to create a list of five to ten items (like “go for a walk,” “eat a healthy dinner,” “get a pedicure,” “write in a journal,” or “read an inspirational quote”) — things that require minimal effort but leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Then input them into your calendar, just as you would any other important appointment. Take these self care steps frequently to make them lifetime habits.
Cultivate Positive Habits
Look out for potentially destructive habits that may pose as self care. For example, you might consider a glass of wine and a piece of chocolate the ultimate expression of self care. But be wary of allowing tiny rituals to become daily overindulgences. Choose expressions of self care that are nurturing and helpful. Remember the basics: eat well, sleep well, and exercise regularly.
And Most Importantly
While self care is important, making it just another stressful item on your to-do list will have the opposite of the intended effect. Savor the little moments that offer an opportunity to calm, center, and grow yourself. View self care as an investment in yourself — you are worth it!
So … How Do You Care For Yourself, Anyway?
It’s easy to say, “I should take better care of myself!” But what does that mean, practically speaking? “Real” self-care doesn’t have to be meditation or an expensive and time-consuming trip to a spa.
Focus on the Future …
At Leap Forward Coaching we have a process that will guide you on the path of self care, reminding you of the importance of meeting your needs, to help you move bravely and boldly towards a more fulfilling, successful, and rewarding life.
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