What do you do to take care of YOU?
How do you nourish your body?
What calms your mind?
What feeds your spirit?
Self-care is not by definition “self-ish.” Self-care is one of the greatest gifts you can offer to the world and to those you love.
When you’re running on empty in body, mind or spirit, you aren’t the only one who suffers. You may clearly see the impact on your own health, but do you see the ripple effect that has on your relationships, your work and your ability to be fully present and fully engaged in your life?
When we take the time to fill up our inner well with nourishing doses of regular self-care, we can then offer the best version of ourselves to the world around us.
For me, self-care comes in the form of regular time alone in nature. Nature reminds me of the ever-present perfection in the seeming chaos, the beauty and abundance available to us all, and that its cyclical rhythms ~ from seed to blossom to decay, from the moon waxing and waning ~ are also reflected within me.
My self-care routine includes daily prayer, meditation and journaling. I also indulge in regular candlelit baths and massages. I love to read inspirational writing, to listen to beautiful music, to prepare a delicious, healthy meal, and to nourish my body, mind and spirit with yoga... and sometimes solo dance parties in my kitchen.
Making time for regular self-care, especially in the form of a daily morning ritual, can set your day in motion from a grounded, nourished place that has lasting benefits for all.
What are the ways you might fill up your inner well on a daily basis? Take time now and write them down. Then begin by putting a plan into action tomorrow.
Committing to regular self-care is like paying your savings account before your pay your bills. It may require creative problem-solving in the short term to make it a priority. However, the long-term payoffs will be amply rewarding ~ not only for yourself but for everyone you encounter.