Self-Care is an important thing to practice. Self-care is literally taking care of yourself Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually, and Energetically.
I believe Self-Care is a choice. If each of us cultivated and practiced daily self-care rituals, we would free ourselves from a lot of stress and upset.
As “busy” people, some of you spend a LOT more time on other people than you do on yourselves. Does that resonate with you? If so, I invite you to investigate this further within yourself.
If you have ever flown in an airplane, part of the Safety Procedure before every flight includes the admonition, in case of an Emergency, to put on your own oxygen mask first, THEN help others around you with their oxygen mask.
You may be wondering what Self-Care is for you. Let’s find out! Ask yourself, “what could taking care of myself look like?” See what shows up in your awareness.
This may come as a shock to you (brace yourself!), but self-care will NOT involve a computer, a phone, surfing the web or Social Media, XBox, Wii, or anything else electronic!!!
Self-care will be different for everyone. Some examples of self-care could be: Meditate. Listening to soothing music. Pray. Enjoy the Quiet and Stillness. Focus on your breathing. Take a Bubble Bath. Write. Journal. Hum. Tune into Crystals. Use and tune into Essential Oils. Get a Massage or do self-massage. Visualization. Do EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Do Energy Healing or Reiki. Tune into your Intuition, Spirit Guides, Guardian Angels, etc. Set intentions. Take a Nap. Read. Nature Walk. Yoga. Stretching. Exercise. Stacking rocks (one of my friends loves doing this!). Sipping Tea.
How do you start to incorporate Self-care into your life? Two ways:
Go ahead, think of someone asking you to do something or help with something and say “NO” right now. Feels weird, doesn’t it? Well, it won’t after you practice it a few times on the next requests that come your way!!! Saying “NO” is the greatest thing you can do for yourself. It frees up your time and your energy. It engages your will. Saying “NO” allows you to see how much you were saying “YES” to for so long. Allowing yourself the opportunity to say “NO” brings forth your TRUE DESIRES for what you want to say “YES” to.
Actually scheduling downtime or “Me Time” in your schedule will help keep you on track. Empaths (people who feel other people’s emotions and energy), whose who are Intuitive, Highly Sensitive People, Introverts, and Ambiverts (people who have both introvert and extrovert qualities) especially need to carve out and allow for plenty of downtime/alone time/me time. Downtime isn’t being lazy, it is how a lot of us recharge. During this downtime is when you ‘do’ one of the items on your Self-care list.
How does that feel to you? Do you need to incorporate more self-care into your daily life? Which type of Self-care will you start implementing?