Do you look after yourself?
Do you actually spend time thinking about and
I have a confession to make.
I don’t really get it.
I’ve always had a problem with self-care. Not
just the doing of self-care, but even the concept.
I mean what’s the big deal, we just get on with
life right, who has time for it?
I have to admit, I used to laugh at the idea. I
mean, you try getting 4 kids to school, the house
in order, the fridge filled, fresh and healthy
meals prepared, the washing done and run a
business and then have time for the spa, the hour
of classical music to soothe your soul and
peaceful walks in nature….oh please.
I had been pushing back on this for years.
I mean it’d be great but who gets to actually live
this in real life?
But then well….let me tell you a story!
Right now I’m sitting in the garage waiting room,
my car is being serviced. I love working on the
go, so this is perfect.
The car had been complaining quietly over the last
few weeks with all kinds of problems showing up. I
realized this morning that if I don’t take care of
it, I won’t have a car pretty soon!
I could have ignored it for a bit longer, but at
some stage long term damage would have been done.
Earlier this week I decided (in my usual
unrelenting style) that I didn’t want to miss my
Zumba class because of a school meeting, I could
do both. So running like crazy from one to the
other (not cooling down and taking my time), I
twisted and sprained my ankle.
Now I have no choice. I need to slow down.
I have to wait for the car to get fixed. I have
to wait for my ankle to heal.
The first few days I was going crazy, thinking
about the frustration of not being able to do all
kinds of things (particularly dancing!!!).
Now I’m reminded of the importance of self-care.
It may never be regular spa days and beauty
treatments, that’s not really my style anyway!
It could just be taking time to breathe, to walk
slowly, to sit and listen to the sounds around me
as I think about my breathing! It may be just to
take time out to talk to a good friend and drink a
cup of steaming tea while doing….NOTHING else!
It may be just sitting with the kids building or
drawing, but quietly and calmly with no other
thoughts or plans.
What do you do to rest your body and feed your
Share it below.
And do me a favor, make sure you do something
EVERY day! You deserve it, actually you need it!
We all do!
Best wishes and wonderful stories,