I would like to invite you to take a moment and think about what self care means to you. Sometimes when we think of self care, we associate it with being selfish and we put self care and taking care of ourselves on the back burner.
When we are constantly giving and putting energy outwards, we are showing up in life with an empty cup. It is hard to be fully present and available for our friends, family, coworkers and other responsibilities when we are constantly giving and not taking care of ourselves, too.
If any of this resonates with you, I invite you to ask yourself these questions: What does self care mean to me? What small action can I take on a daily basis to take better care of me? How can I nourish my body, mind and soul?
I believe self care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves, our families, our communities and the world. The more we take care of ourselves, the easier it is to align with our highest self, our best self, our truth and the easier it is to access our intuition. When you give yourself permission to take out time for you, to take care of you, you are telling yourself you are worth it. And you are!
Self care does not always just have to mean taking full days for yourself, you can implement small acts of care into your daily life. When you start to do this, self care can start to become a habit and a way of life ~ which in turn fills your own cup daily, giving you more capacity to then also show up for others more fully and authentically.
The practice of filling up your own cup daily allows you to be more present, more focused and more full of yourself on a regular basis. And when this happens, you can truly give from a place of abundance. It is not tiring, it feels good. When we pour from a full cup, we have so much more to give! We have more patience and we share more of our authentic self.
Not sure where to start? Here are some of my favorite ways to fill my cup each day:
Schedule some time to literally do nothing! As spiritual teacher Wayne Dyer once said: “Do nothing and everything gets done” We live in a culture where if you are not busy, you are deemed lazy. But this could not be further from the truth. Give yourself permission to just do nothing and just be and notice how you feel. You may notice some guilt surface and begin to place "shoulds" on yourself, and that is okay! It is part of the practice. Notice any resistance and try to surrender as best you can. Create a Morning Ritual
Wake up 5 to 10 minutes earlier than you normally do, and create a ritual for yourself. It can be meditation, writing, drawing, breathwork, self-massage, gentle yoga or anything that calls to you. Indulge in Nourishment
Buy that gourmet tea or an amazing food that you normally don’t let yourself buy and fully enjoy it, giving yourself permission to spend that extra money on nourishing yourself! Be present and tap into all five senses as you sip your tea or enjoy your food and notice how you feel as you slow down and focus on this simple and nourishing pleasure. Move More
Sign up for an exercise or yoga class or plan a walk or hike with your friends. Or maybe you like to take classes online from the comfort of your own home. However it works best for you, find a way to move every single day, even if for just 15 minutes. Listen to Your Body
Eat healthy foods, drink smoothies and get into the practice of listening to your body about what you are consuming. Every single thing we consume has a vibration, so it's important to feed our bodies with nutritious foods that raise our energy rather than deplete it. We want a clear vessel and to keep the body radiating at its highest level. Say No
Saying yes when we want to say no means we are not living in alignment. Say no to something you do not feel like doing! So no to taking on more work if you are overloaded. Say no to anything that doesn't feel in alignment with your highest good. Say Yes
Say yes to something you want to do but haven't been doing ~ like reading a book, scheduling time to catch up with your best friends or signing up for that online course that you've been eyeing! This list could go on and on, and each of us has a completely different set of needs when it comes to our self care. So I invite you to take a few minutes and ask what that means for you and then commit to 3 things you can implement in your life this week.
How will you take more time for you this week?