What does “self-care” really look like? Here are a few things to consider. Hope this month finds you taking great care of YOU!
1. What do I need today?
What makes your heart full? Do you need alone time? Meditation? A long walk? A chat with friends? Snuggle time with your kiddos? Whatever it may be, go do that thing or things. This may be hard to uncover at first, but with practice, you will start recognizing what fills you up more quickly.
2. How is my body feeling?
Take a moment to assess your physical health. Is there pain or exhaustion? Consider what your body needs to function more fully and happily. This can include extra sleep, stretching, meditation, a healthy home cooked meal, yoga, or a visit to the chiropractor.
3. What can I take off my plate today?
You would be surprised at the physical and mental toll that worry or stress can take on the body and mind. Sometimes, simply removing a few things from your to-do list can help relieve that constant anxiety. So much of the time, we just need to re-evaluate where our time is being spent. Remember, it’s ok to say no!
4. What will make me happy today, tomorrow, a month from now?
Be honest with yourself about your wants and needs. These can change from day-to-day and year to year, so be willing to make changes accordingly. If something isn’t fitting in your life, consider letting it go. Begin each day with writing down a few things that make you happy! Add to the list every time you think of something that brings you joy. Once you’ve made a solid list, start narrowing down the items that you want in your life on a regular basis.
Taking care of yourself takes effort. Our expectations of ourselves can be high. So often, we put the needs of others before our own. We encourage you to reflect this month on you and pick one thing you are going to do for you each day! Remember, you are loved and you are worth it.