I’m big into self-care, which might be an obvious statement if you know me even just a little.
The whole thing that you can’t help another if you are depleted of energy translates to not being able to care for another if you can’t/don’t care for yourself.
I’m big on talking kindly to yourself, cutting yourself some slack and saying ‘no’ to people or activities that don’t make your heart sing.
So what does self-care actually mean and what does it look like in the life of a real woman? Self-care embodies (my word for the year link) taking care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually (not that these are all separate parts of your whole) and putting yourself first. It’s intentional, under your control and self-initiated.
It can be a quick fix, pleasure in the moment like (my favourite) a grande Caffé Latte from Seattle Coffee Co. on a rough day.
Regular self-care is an investment in you. My regular is going for a Kahuna massage. It’s my way of acknowledging me. It’s my ultimate support for my body, quietens my mind and puts me back on track if I have lost my way. I look forward to it every month. It’s my way of ensuring that I am showing up the best that I can, for my family and friends, for the people I work with and the people I work for.
Self-care can also look like cancelling a run because you didn’t sleep well during the night or it can look like going for a run because you didn’t sleep. Either case is responding to the need that shows up, if you are listening.
How do you take care of yourself to ensure the best you is showing up every day? Share your quick fixes and your investments on the Fitter Faster 5 to 10 Facebook page.