Do you prioritise self care or does it get pushed aside?
On a piece of paper make two columns, on one side write down what you have done today, the last week, month and year to look after your physical, emotional and mental health. In the second column write down what you have done for others.
What do you see?
My list is unbalanced probably like most parents of young children!
It is no surprise that with our roles in life (e.g, parent, child, sibling, friend and worker) we frequently give to others unconditionally. We forget the first rule of airline travel; secure your oxygen mask before helping anyone else, including children.
If we do not fill up our “self care tank”, we end up unhappy, unfulfilled and stressed. It can also lead to anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, cardiovascular disease, obesity and burn out.
The bottom line is we feel terrible.
Prioritising self care to nurture your body and mind is the first step to turn this around.
Self care is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Eating nutritious foods, exercising and sleep are essential to good health and are the building blocks for self care.
You can add few simple steps to elevate your self care.
Breathe Before getting out of bed in the morning breathe deeply in through your nose and out your mouth for 1 minute. Think positive thoughts as you breathe to frame your mind for the day ahead.
At night, breathe deeply to let go of daily baggage, drop your heart rate and blood pressure. It will help combat stress, and will help make you more relaxed for sleep.
Relax in a bath Unwind in a bath, light candles and/or an oil burner with essential oils and soak. Relax muscles, have a facial, listen to soothing music or read a book.
Relax in a bath
Go to a day spa Book a manicure, pedicure, facial and/or massage. It will help you relax and may help reframe your mind.
Unwind in a bath and recharge your batteries
See your friends Having friends is beneficial for our sense of belonging and increases self esteem. Arrange a lunch, dinner or fun activity with a group of friends, talk and laugh.
Connecting with friends is chicken soup for the soul
Ask for help We often try to be all things to all people, all at the same time. Asking for help is OK, shows strength of character and helps take off the weight of your shoulders.
Why not elevate self care on your list of priorities this year? Book that massage you have been thinking about for months (or years!). Help yourself reach your potential.