Day 7: Self Care for Sensitives
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Do you ever forget to take care of yourself?
I know. You’re busy, we all are and finding the time to take good care of yourself can be super hard (seriously, this day in age who has the time when you're putting everyone else's needs before your own). But if you don’t, it won’t be long before you’re run-down from exhaustion and operating at the mental capacity of fish in a bowl, where it’s hard to care about anything or anyone let alone yourself.
Don't worry, I've been there and can tell the tale just as i'm sure a lot of you can.
Not that many years a go I was a full time mother had been out of my chosen industry a number of years and the pressure was on to try and become the all rounder working mom. But what to do? So I went on an extensive hunt to find my purpose, where I fit or felt I belonged. I ended up working for a women who completely took me for granted, using me at every turn and had me on tap pretty much 24/7!
I rarely took care of myself, and I was always focused on goals, achievements, and meeting the excessive expectations I had of myself not only as a mother, but as a creator and builder of businesses (my trouble was, it was always someone else's business I would slog away at instead of my own, not to mention punishing myself every time my narcissistic boss would tell me I hadn't done enough......truth was I was doing a million times more than any other boss I knew expected and went above and beyond to make sure she was happy). My high tolerance for discomfort meant I juggled all the balls I had in the air—but at the expense of being a well-rounded balanced human being.
So after falling sick with burn out one to many times and ending up with the usual case of (for a healer in my experience it's generally laryngitis or something to do with the throat chakra) something nasty that would force me to slow down and see me exhausted and with nothing left to give.
I began to take care of myself better, setting boundaries was a good one for me, one on one time with my children where I would not pick up my phone or look at the computer screen, find time to be alone and do nothing at all and got myself out doing exercise everyday with a long walk around the local reserve.
I got to know myself better and know what I needed—not just to function, but to blossom and thrive in all areas of my life.
But guess what?
Even though I took this time to find balance, things get busy and we don't always remember to uphold those promises of balance and self care that we make ourselves.
Self-Care and Self-Love is simply not a One-Time Deal
The laryngitis and then vertigo were a harsh reminder that self-care isn’t something you do once and tick off your bucket list.
It’s the constant repetition of many tiny habits, which together nurture you and make sure you’re at the most balanced place you can be —emotionally, physically, and mentally.
The best way to do this is to implement baby-step self-care habits every day.
To regularly include in your life a little bit of love, pampering and attention for your own body, mind, and soul.
The following ideas are Self-Love activities you can fit into a short amount of time, usually with little cost to whatever it is that you must get done.
Try just picking one and try and include it in your week, as it becomes habit add another if it feels right. It's not self-ish to anyone else but yourself if you don't practice self-care.
Adding just a few of these Self-care/self-love ideas into your week will make all the difference to your state of mind and your ability to focus at the level that is needed from day to day.
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In Good Health and Happiness,