How committed are you to taking care of you? Is it a once a week thing? Once a month thing? Once a year or never? We always find time to take of others, our family, our friends, fulfilling our commitments on the job but how much time do we spend thinking about Self-Care, Self-Love and our own Wellbeing? Self Care is much more than keeping up with your doctors or dental appointments, it’s about keeping you healthy from head to toe, inside and out.
I’m an advocate for Self Care I believe it is the best way to promote good health, wellbeing, mental wellness and stability in our lives. However, not to sound like a hypocrite; it’s been a long time since I’ve indulged myself. But last month I made a firm decision to not let a month go by without some form of Self Care. So I signed up for a Belly dance workshop, it’s been about ten years since I’ve taken a class so I was super excited to get back into the swing of things. The day did not go without a few challenges. After weeks of Sunshine, I woke up to a typical Scottish weather of rain and a grey sky, which offered no incentive to venture out of the house. A hundred and one reasons to stay in ran across my mind. When the momentum to get out did kick in, it was met with more disappointment as I arrived at the station to see my train pulling away. As if that wasn’t bad enough I had race head down against the rain back into town, hoping to catch a bus to Stirling. Breathless I boarded the bus seconds before the driver closed the door behind me. All in all, I made to my destination with half an hour to spare which gave me the opportunity to mix n’ mingle with a few others that had arrived early.
Lots of sore muscles and two hours later, I was not disappointed. The class was awesome. Not only did I get to meet a few new people but it was also a boost for me because it’s like Yoga, it calms the spirit. Self Care is a wonderful way to remove the busy-ness out of your life, it’s that individual thing that you claim for yourself that says I love me! It’s time for me! You can do it alone or you can do it like I did last Saturday with a room filled with people who want the same thing you do. A space shut to out the world and clear your mind, if only for a few hours.
The basic elements of Self Care are simple:
1. Do Something You Enjoy: Make your journey fun.
2. Enjoy The Moment: Don’t think about the next day, next week, enjoy every moment as it happens. Think about what you’re learning about yourself and your body by doing what feels good to you. Last weekend I learned that the body never forgets, in fact, it craves movement and Spontaneity.
3. Stay Motivated: Motivation is a sure fire way to avoid burn out. Staying motivated means changing up the game sometime. If you do Yoga every week, try swimming, cycling or Belly dancing. Lack of motivation doesn’t mean you’re lazy, even the most celebrated athletic can get burned out, the trick is to keep going.
4. Get Over Those Distractions: Rainy days, missed trains, there’s always a way. There will always be distractions; it’s the smallest things that can be the biggest distraction. Instead of focusing on what’s keeping you back focus on your plan(s).
This was my contribution to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth. Debbie, thank you and I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to your blog.
©Etta D. Richards