The Importance of Self Care
What is self care?
For me it is hanging out with
the husband whilst walking the pups, travelling, reading a book, drinking a good cup of tea, riding my cycle and / or having my hair done. Other days it is having some much needed girl talk and laughs over a glass of bubbles or pizza. Yet other times it is just me sitting on the back porch not thinking about much of anything.
What is self care for you? What makes you feel happy and rested?
When you stop and think about the question are you drawing a blank? You are not alone. Recently NPR published an article about millennials being obsessed with self care and noted that the reality is that self care has been around for ages, but perhaps the millennials are bringing self care back and for that I am thankful!
Many times we are so busy taking care of others that we forget about ourselves in the process. We may start off thinking today will be different, but then something happens and all good intentions are thrown out of the window. Often times when we don't stop and rest we end up sick and tired more often then well and rested.
Does that sound familiar to you?
I hear you saying...YES! Followed by - What is the solution? How do you find time for yourself?
Some of you may have heard about the 10 minute theory of change model that came out around the time of the "ice bucket challenge" for ALS. Click the link for more details.
Within my practice I have modified the reason for the 10 minutes to be about self care. For many of my clients, including myself, finding 10 minutes a day is a lot easier than finding 30 plus minutes! Right?!
With 10 minutes you can be focused with intent and purpose on the chosen self care activity. You can be present in that moment. You can be mindfully silent to recharge. You can rest.
Your challenge for this weekend is to find 10 minutes for yourself! If you would like - share what you did in the comments! Do something that makes you happy and recharges you! If you have more than 10 minutes - FANTASTIC!
Self care today, tomorrow and everyday! You and your loved ones will thank you for it!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
If I can help you with additional strategies or ongoing support, contact me at 281.940.5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org