'Tender loving self-care'
Looking after yourself is foundational! Without it we simply cannot function properly. Nor expect to experience the joy which is inherent in all of us.
You know it, I know it, but how much do we do it?
I love the analogy of
our cars. The vehicles we use and rely upon to take us where we need to and want
to go. For our cars to run smoothly we have to service them regularly. We need
to put fuel in (the right fuel). We must check the air, tyres and water. And of
course we must keep them clean and fresh if we want to enjoy our travels. If
neglected the car breaks down or runs rough, it may get you from ‘A’ to ‘B’ but
what sort of trip will you have? The worst case scenario is the engine blows up
and it ends up in the hospital (aka the mechanics) or the scrap yard.
Our bodies, minds & spirit are no different, we must nurture them. Feeding them regularly with good food and water, with positive information, time out and activities that nourishes our soul, keep us inspired, growing, happy and able to really accomplish all that we desire and need to do - with a smile.
So many people are exhausted, stressed. In particular women; feeling guilty with the thought of giving themselves a break, a treat, a much needed rest. They tend to everything and everyone else making sure everything gets done and everyone else's needs are met. At the end of the day there is no time left for them, they fall into bed exhausted, unhappy and often dreading the thought of doing it all again tomorrow.
When you are run down, tired, worn out, running around trying to get
everything done and leave no time for you - everybody suffers. Another great analogy is of the air masks on a plane. They say in an emergency you must put the
mask on yourself first before you help another, otherwise you both pass out.
Such a simple but powerful analogy, but one that holds an important truth and
lesson that is so easily forgotten. Only when we first help ourselves
can we effectively help others.
So the guilt should be gone! When you take care of you first you’re actually doing everyone a favour, and;
- You’ll feel better
- You’ll think clearer
- You’ll experience more love and joy
And as odd as it may sound
- You’ll actually get more done by taking regular time out.
As I always say "the greatest investment you can ever make is in you, not only do you improve and enhance your life, but also the lives of those around you. As your presence and beautiful new energy naturally lifts and inspires others. That's a beautiful gift to you, those you love and to the world"
You can invest in you in so many ways; reading, studying, learning, researching, applying, trying, being around positive, supportive people - but it also includes self-care. Giving yourself quality time on a regular basis to relax, rejuvenate and just be - you.
The list below is a few self-care activities you can incorporate into your week. Things that will help you feel better, think better, look better and ultimately lead to living a happier, healthier, better life. And remember practising self-care does not have to cost much, there is so much you can do for free or with very little cost involved.
This list is just a
glimpse of some of the things you can do; it really is endless and only limited
by ones imagination.
Self-care is not self-ish as many people believe, it is self-love. It is vital if you wish to experience more love and more joy!
You deserve it and so does everyone around you.
How will you add a little TLSC into your week?
A little PS:
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