How often have you put your own self care on the simmer burner way on the back of the stove as you take care of other peoples needs?
If you have done this for a while, think for a minute and get real with yourself. How does it feel?
How do YOU feel?
Does finding the time to fit in your own rituals for your own wellbeing seem like a pipe dream? Does it seem unrealistic? Does it seem like maybe that day will come “someday”?
What ARE your self care rituals and how much time would you LOVE to create in order to give yourself the self care you truly and deeply need and want in your life?
Let me ask you this: Could you create the 15-20 minutes consistently that could really improve your wellbeing?
Self care SO does NOT have to be hard and really time consuming like many people are led to believe.
It all starts with a commitment to make your own self care a priority every single day and that is all!
Even 5 minutes a day will do wonders for you much more than an hour once a month or every week even.
In order for something to really make an impact in your life, it has to be done consistently and repeatedly over time and it usually takes doing something each day for at least 30-40 days to really get it into your life and to truly SEE the difference that the consistency makes.
Could you commit to taking just 5-15 minutes for yourself each day for at least 40 days?
What if you just did ONE THING for 5 minutes a day for at least 40 days? Do you think you would see the results from that and then if you stopped doing that thing, would you notice the void? I bet, hands down, that you would notice its absence from your life.
I’m advocating for you to DO THIS, starting TODAY.
Carve out 5-15 minutes for yourself to tend to yourself, your body, your mind and your spirit. Get outside, breathe deeply and feel the sun on your face. Journal about it and just BE for 5-15 minutes. Whatever makes you feel GOOD. Do it. Today, not later, not next week or when you have time. Today.
So, here are your action steps to MAKE SELF CARE EASY:
- Make the decision that YOU AND YOUR OWN WELLBEING ARE YOUR FIRST PRIORITY. When you are feeling good, everyone around you will feel your feeling good and they will feel good too. Be the change you wish to see in the world!
- Carve out the time, even if you just start with 5 minutes, schedule it in daily and COMMIT to this, and remind yourself just how important you really are and that there are many people who depend on you showing up when you are feeling your BEST and the way you can do this is to tend to your needs before you start taking care of everyone else’s needs. YOU MATTER and are important.
- Decide what you want to do. How do you love to care for yourself? Is it doing a neti pot and then deep breathing? Is it walking barefoot on the grass first thing in the morning sun? Maybe it is just sitting and greeting the day and noticing ALL the blessings you are surrounded with. Whatever it is, decide that you will do this thing or things for the next 30-40 days with the intention of making this a consistent part of your life, not just for the next 30-40 days, but for the long run, the rest of your life and increasing the amount of time you dedicate to yourself gradually as you see the difference self care makes in your life.
- Do this daily…rinse and repeat over and over, never stop this cycle! This is a GOOD habit to have and cycle to have that will grow WITH you and change as YOU change.
The important thing is to realize that you are the most important person in your life and that when you are feeling good, you directly impact each person that is in your radius in the best possible way.
Keep me posted on how you are doing with your self care and I’d love to hear from you with any comments or experiences with putting your self care last that you have had.