What is self care?
Self care is doing things that light you up, that inspire you, that nourish you – your body, mind and spirit.
You. Not the people around you.
Self care is any intentional action toward physical, mental and emotional health.
Nutrition. Movement. Sleep. Relaxation. Play. Creativity. Spirituality. Joy.
Why does self care matter?
Have you noticed people around you are succumbing to health conditions – diabetes, breast cancer, thyroid, obesity, autoimmunity?
Self care helps keep them at bay.
And it makes you feel happy – and who doesn’t want more of that?
What are the obstacles to self care?
- Lack of Intention
- Taking the first step
- Lack of Planning
- Not knowing what self care is for you
- Feeling selfish
What strategies might help overcome these obstacles to self care?
Consider if the obstacle is real or imagined.
What I’ve noticed, with myself and clients, is that assumed obstacles don’t actually stand up to examination.
The key: look for the solution, not the problem.
- Love to exercise but worried about finances? A long walk ticks all the boxes.
- Yearning for the days when soccer filled your weekend but feeling guilty you’re not spending enough time with your kids? Teach them some tricks in the backyard, and they’ll be so proud watching out for your signature moves during your adult game.
- Been stifling the urge to unearth the paint brushes? What do you do that’s not so important in your week that you could let go – mindless TV, the rabbit hole of Facebook, or always spotless floors? Prioritising your time is so much more effective than managing your time.
- Nervous about taking the first step? Invite a friend, contact the organizer and let them know to keep an eye out for you, or commit to it on social media so friends can spur you on.
- Feeling selfish? That’s only when you put your needs and wants ahead of others. Taking care of yourself allows you to have the energy, the enthusiasm and the mindset to also support others.
- Get to the end of the week and realise once again you did very little for you? Mark a few things on your calendar next week. Treat them as an appointment, a promise to yourself that you should not break. A gym class. An hour to read a novel or magazine. A date night with girl friends or partner. A massage. A warm bath. Time to meditate. To write. To paint. To dance.
Obstacles are always surmountable. As business mentor Marie Forleo says, ‘everything is figureoutable’.
Ask others how you could make it happen. Google it. Write in a journal to bring clarity to your thoughts. Talk to a health coach (hehehe couldn’t resist).
Why? Because you are as important to your health as it is to you.
Have a few more minutes? Check out this short video: ‘I’d spend more time being, not doing.’
What are you going to do for self care this week?