Life can be hectic! Some days you may feel like you should take up residence in your car since you practically live in it anyway commuting or driving kids around. Sometimes as you are driving around all day, you count getting in and out of the car as exercise. You may be so busy helping others that at the end of the day you wonder "did I even get around to brushing my teeth today?" You might grab eggos out of the freezer and consider it a well balanced meal, or you might go so long in-between hair appointments that the growth just looks like a melt, and when people ask if it is, you just smile.
I know that some of these examples may seem silly (even if they have happened. Let's just say it's good I carry gum with me). The point is, most of us tend to let our busy schedules run our lives, me included, that we don't take time to take care of ourselves. When this happens, it makes it harder for us to take good care of those we have kept ourselves so busy for. When we take care of ourselves, we have more energy to truly take care of our relationships and careers.
So, what does practicing self care really mean? Self care can be physical or emotional and each individual is unique, so you need to find what your needs are. Does a good run take care of some physical or emotional for you? How about a massage, a power packed smoothie, or a hot soak in the tub with a good book. Maybe a power nap is what you need, a good movie, or spending time in nature. Some of my favorites are: walks with friends so we can chat, relaxing massages, and playing the piano. It really is different for every person. You need to find what makes you happy.
Let's make a list (I love lists!)
How I can practice self care?
1. Find some time. I know, I know. If we are so busy, do we actually have time to make? I used to think that too until I actually took a few minutes and looked at my schedule. Guess what I found? TIME! Although I was feeling frantic, like I didn't have enough time for anything, I actually had plenty for what I needed. Find those minutes in your day - we all have them even if they might be tiny snippets of time, and pencil it in.
2. Listen to your body. What are 5 cues your body gives you when you need some self care? When I am feeling run down, stressed, irritable or a little lost I know I need to give myself some TLC.
3. Go your pace. As with everything, you don't want to go full force and burn out. Take it one step at a time.
4. Find support. This could come from a friend, spouse or even a coach. Talk and spend time with those that support you. Everyone needs support. As much as we would like to think we can do everything on our own - having support makes life better.
5. Don't ever feel selfish for practicing self care. As talked about earlier, we can't take care of those around us if we don't take care of ourselves first.
During the next few months I will be focusing on different ways to practice self care. Can't wait to share them with you.
Let's all make the step to start practicing self care to live a more healthy and balanced life.
Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)