When I meet with a client for the first time I notice a common denominator shared by all of them, they lack taking care of themselves. It doesn’t matter if they are single or married, have children or not. It seems that so many of us just aren’t taking care of ourselves these days. I wonder why that is? Are we so rushed in our lives that we can’t take an hour just to do something that nourishes us?
Self care is an important tool to have in your wellness regimen. When I ask clients to define self care they seem to have a hard time pinpointing what it means. If there is one thing I have discovered, just like food, self care is a very individual, personal decision.
I believe self care is important, equally important to what we put in our bodies. Nourishment is more than just food. How we take care of the whole self matters. I can think of many times in my life when I wasn’t taking time to myself and I felt run down, sluggish, and just had the overall blahs. I was taking care of my needs with food, having my green juices and eating a plant-based diet. I just wasn’t feeding my soul. When the two are combined it really is a recipe for total well-being.
Here are a few tips to start you off:
- Consider morning meditation – a 10 minute meditation to start your day can leave you feeling very centered
- Create a journal writing schedule – take the time to write just before bedtime. It will help you sleep better
- Spend some time curled up with a good book – as the winter months approach, add a nice cup of your favorite tea
- Find an activity that brings joy to your life – take up yoga, a zumba class, taking a walk in Mother Nature
Self care should be nurturing, fill you up. Taking time for yourself is important and it is something nobody else can do for you. Making self care a part of your routine is essential. Try it and let it bring out the best in you, all of you!