Let’s talk about something I rarely do – practice self-care for my mind, my body, and my spirit. I am the last person I think to take care of. It’s easier to handle everything else before looking within.
I am terrible about self-care. I ignore it until I’m backed into a corner and forced to take a time-out. I’m working on that.
5 Ways to Practice Self-Care for Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
Remove that “to-do” that’s been on your list for months.
You know the one. That to-do that gets moved over day after day, week after week. I had one recently that had been on my to-do list for MONTHS! Around New Years, I marked it complete. I hadn’t actually DONE it. I simply was tired of the reminder that I was never going to do it.
Schedule time to play.
Something else I don’t do as often as I should, this can be with your friends/family or off on an adventure by yourself. I try to have lunch or dinner with a friend once a week. Sometimes that works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Everyone has schedules, am I right? Once in a while, I attend a social gathering, even if I don’t want to. Truth be told, once I get there, I am usually glad I went. Take a walk in the woods or on the beach, go shopping, visit a museum, workout, play with the kids, run a mile, you get my drift. Find time to play at whatever floats your boat.
Plan daily technology breaks.
Let’s not pretend this is easy in this day and age. Cell phones are now a way of life. Social media is a fine balance between casual use and obsession. I sleep with the TV on. I can’t be in a dark room, and I need noise, it’s that simple. I know, I sound like I’m three, but that’s just how I roll. Because of that, technology is in front of me almost all the time. I even do the majority of my reading on a tablet now instead of good old fashioned paper and ink. Do as I say and not as I do:
- Plan out chunks of time each day to break from technology.
- Don’t check email when you first wake up.
- Don’t turn on TV/computer/tablet/phone if you can’t sleep.
- Wear those blue screen glasses when using your technology. I got a pair, they are awesome!
- Put your phone away when in a social situation.
You read that right. Take the time to do things only for you. Read, take a bath, workout, get back to nature, say no to some of the things you think you should say yes to (within reason of course,) you get the idea. Sunday is my selfish day. I do what I want and rarely make plans. It’s my rejuvenation day. One day a week, all mine.
Take a few cleansing breaths
Sometimes a girl just needs to breathe. Slowly. In and out. In and out. This is another thing I’m working on. I’ve found that stopping, closing my eyes and taking a few cleansing breaths is a great way to stop the chatter in my head (for a bit at least.) It’s also a great way to gather oneself when trying not to react (or over-react) to a situation.
I’m also working on meditating, which seems to always begin with taking a few cleansing breathes. I’m struggling a bit with the meditating, but I am getting good at spending thirty-seconds taking a few cleansing breaths.
Bottom line, don’t ignore your body, mind, and spirit. You need them to be in good working order all of the time. Simply practice self-care and welcome the healing and the calming it can bring. Take care of you!
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