Updated: Jul 22, 2019
Self-care doesn't have to cost you anything more than a few minutes.
Self-care can be a short catnap before you go out for the evening. Self-care is a warm bath. A cup of tea, on the porch, with your favorite book before you start dinner. massaging your own feet after a long day. A few mindful breaths before you walk into work. A yoga pose like Legs up the wall before bed. Self-care is going to bed instead of staying up all night binging on your favorite Netflix series. Stretching in the morning.
Self-care is saying "no" to a commitment you don't have the energy for.
How do you self care?
In my Gentle-Restorative classes I offer gentle stretches that lead into passive stretches to allow the body, muscles, and mind to relax. I share stories and poems that encourage students to reflect on their lives in thoughtful and empowering ways. Creating a space that allows students to listen to their own needs. I encourage students to think of things that revitalize and rejuvenate themselves off of their mats.
At the end of class I will often remind everyone to drink enough water, to be kind to themselves, and think of ways they can self-care.
As the saying goes "you cannot serve from an empty vessel". Self-care isn't selfish, it is necessary.
You are far more productive when you are well rested and relaxed. You think clearer and can focus better. When your needs are met you are much more willing to help others without feeling like you are being taken advantage of.
Self-care reminds you that you are worth your own time. That you are worth being cared for and that you love yourself enough to take the time to care for your needs.
You do so much for so many people. You put out a lot of energy into caring for others and you may love every minute of it and that's great! Just don't forget about giving back to you.
Now is the time to replenish that power. To nourish your body and mind.
We can only give so much before we are physically/emotionally drained. Be sure to recharge your internal battery with a few minutes of self-care each day.
You're worth it.