One of the lessons I am learning and re-learning is the imperative nature of self-care. Taking care of ourselves well is our first and primary responsibility. In an active life it is easy to loose track of doing the things that nurture and support ourselves. We fall behind with dental appointments, forget to reschedule a salon visit, and before we realize it we’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and tired by the prospect of tackling all of the responsibilities we have in our lives.
Today instead of writing out strategies to stay ahead or accomplish more – I am holding space for you. Instead of writing a blog for you to read I am giving you back the time you might have used to read this post. I compiled a list that is by no means all encompassing. It is simply a list of suggestions, ideas for self-care that you might not have considered or thought about recently. So, rather than reading something inspirational here – take the time that you typically invest in reading and give yourself the following gifts instead. Do one or maybe three if you’re feeling adventurous. Whatever you choose I hope it serves you, supports you, and makes you feel deeply cared for and appreciated.
- Take 5 deep breaths
- Call one person who always makes you laugh
- Pick up 3 things and put them away
- Take a sip of water
- Do 5 circles with your head and then do them in the opposite direction
- Turn on your favorite song and have a dance party by yourself
- Close your eyes and count to 10
- Have a snack
- Set a timer and daydream for 5 minutes
These are small practices that serve you. I hope you and enjoy them and know they are here whenever you need a break!
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