We all have our own definitions of what this means and only we can really know when we’re giving it to ourselves. Rest, yoga, daily movement, time near the ocean, meditation, drinking Americanos, eating avocados, reading and music are all forms of self-care for me. Lately, though, I’ve been feeling like I need a little bit more. The pace of my life has picked up, I’m feeling a lot of shifts happening and I want to be energized and prepared for it. I have learned that in order to fill all of the many cups of my life, I need to fill my own first.
Sometimes the biggest thing preventing me from taking care of myself is … myself! I can get caught up in the belief that I don’t have time… until I finish this… or that. The result? I spend a lot of time in yoga clothes behind my desk working until the sun sets or being in service to my clients until I myself am depleted. In this past week I have determined that self-care for me needs to include getting up and out, putting on a dress that makes me feel good and interacting with the waking world.
I love my solitude and that won’t change, but it’s equally important to me to form connections with people who live near me. So I have committed to prioritizing this as my form of self-care until it becomes a regular part of my flow and not something that feels strange.
We have time for what we prioritize. Self-care does not have to be complex or time consuming. It can be a $2 coffee and an afternoon walk. It can be a quick hand massage or a playful conversation.
The more practices for self-care we have defined, the greater our ability to access relaxation or calm when things start to feel overwhelming.
So how will you know? What do you have to change? It’s not about taking out practices that drain your energy but instead adding in the practices that energize you.
Create a list of ways you can care for yourself. The more, the better: a variety of practices at varying lengths requiring different levels of energy will create an arsenal of ways you can continue to prioritize your mental well-being. Receiving more care from yourself leaves you with more to give. It’s that simple.
Tokyo Ghost Stories – Arovane
Jetstream – Lusine
Grove – Recondite
Fey – Recondite
A Place Like This – Majid Jordan
Jasmine – Jai Paul
REALiTi – Grimes
Baffle – Lusine
Cream On Chrome – Ratatat
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala
It’s Personal – The Radio Dept.
Goddess – Banks
Rainy Day, Dream Away – Jimi Hendrix
I’m On Fire – AWOLNATION
A Token Of Gratitude – The Radio Dept.
Anything You Synthesize – The American Dollar
Threnody – Goldmund