Sunday, May 21, 2017

Self-Care Sunday: What is Self-Care?

I am so excited to be bringing this series of posts to you. Self-care, self-love, and self-compassion are incredibly important topics to me and I am so glad I get to talk about them with you.

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Self-care is consciously making choices that take care of your mind, body, and soul. These actions can be daily rituals such as yoga and meditation, or decisions we make on a daily basis to care for ourselves.

It's similar to the safety demonstration you see when you get on an airplane. Every time the oxygen mask demonstration is done, the flight attendant says to attach your own oxygen mask before you help anyone else. You need to take care of you, before you can take care of anyone else. Another similar saying is: "you are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm."

This means that if you don't take care of yourself first, you can't help other people. I experienced this often during my teens and early twenties. I spent so much time worrying about other people, their feelings, and how I could help them, I didn't take the time to take care of myself. I was burnt out, exhausted, and eventually, I had nothing left for them, let alone myself. 

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Sometimes, self-care is saying, "no, I'm sorry, I can't today, but I'll be there tomorrow." Sometimes self-care is taking the kids to the grandparents, or a friends for the day and going home to read a book, have some tea, or go on a date with your partner. Sometimes self-care is forming good habits, like showering regularly, brushing your teeth morning and night, or doing your laundry on a regular basis. Sometimes self-care is running errands, making phone calls, and doing chores. Sometimes self-care is building an exercise and healthy eating routine, and sometimes, it's having a glass of wine with dinner and ice cream for dessert. The list goes on...

You see, self-care is highly individual, and it is most important to do what is good for you. Your self-care routine is different from my self-care routine. Self-care is a conscious decision to take care of yourself in the best way you can.

There is no right way to practice self-care, and it is an ever evolving journey that will morph and change over time. 

Start small, pick one thing to do to take care of yourself, and see how that can change things for you.

What are some self-care practices you would like to start? 

💗 Courtney

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