This is a great time to be thinking about self care. Women are programmed to spend much of their lives nurturing others. When we find ourselves focusing more on others than ourselves, we may become worn out, stressed out and run down. For those of us who spend time helping and caring for others, it is too easy to neglect our own needs.
Are you taking the time to re-fuel?
We spend so much time and effort caring for our partners, children, pets, friends, family members, employers and employees. As well as running errands, doing housework, attending family functions, meetings, etc.
I’m getting tired just thinking about it all.
Do you find there is enough time in your day to care for yourself?
Women need to balance the stress and activity of daily life with activities that bring a sense of peace and well being to their minds and bodies. Women who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves often become lethargic, have low self-esteem and feel resentful. Self care means getting in the very fibre of your being that you are worthy just as you are. You do not have to earn your worthiness by working hard or proving anything to anybody.
What is your self talk about yourself?
Of all the clients I have seen throughout the years there is one thing that holds women back from reaching their full potential. Once they get it their life explodes. True self care is an act of loving yourself. Maybe the act is to calm your mind, acknowledge your body for all the amazing tasks it does, and listen intently to the whisper of your spirit. Whatever it is, you do something nurturing for you. Self care is taking care of your inner home. This means that you don’t give excuses for feeling tired, crying or going for a relaxing massage. You please yourself first before others. Very importantly, you be aware when guilt, shame or blame occur. You set your boundaries and don’t allow energies around you that pull you down even your owndisempowering self talk. When taking care of a home, you would clear out the rubbish, clean, scrub, make it comfortable and beautify it. Do this for your inner self and feel nourished from within. There are many ways that you can undertake a deeper level of self care.
1) Talk openly with a trusted friend.
2) Sit outside and listen to the birds.
3) Practice breathing exercises. (a great CD is by Dr. Andrew Weil)
4) Make sure you are eating a well balanced diet. (plenty of nutritious fibre, healthy oils like coconut, low fat proteins and lots of greens)
5) Get enough rest and sleep (listen to the wisdom of your body and don’t fight it)
6) Make exercise a regular part of your routine (a 30 minute walk 5 times a week will do).
7) Take a warm bath/shower. Warm water is very soothing and relaxing for tight and tense muscles and for the mind.
8) Listen to music you enjoy. (I do this in a the bath)
9) Try a yoga class. (my favorite to calm the nervous system along with breathing techniques)
10) Journaling.(get your inner thoughts out on paper to de-clutter your mind)
11) Read a nourishing book.
12) Plant a garden.
13) Make room in your schedule for attending a class/seminar that will inspire and empower you.
And the list goes on and on. Ultmately you are the best at knowing what you need. Allow your inner wisdom to guide you. If you know what to do and would like inspiration to put what is needed in place each and every day then contact me and I would love to support you.
To your optimum health and well-being,