Self Care has recently been emphasised in the Transformational circles as a key practice. We are experiencing change in daily life at such a rapid speed. Self care is an empowering practice and has become more important than ever before. Self care is not a luxury that we attend to in spare moments. It is an essential practice for your wellbeing. Self care is a pro-active investment in your health. There is so much that you can do for yourself. This month’s blog explores what Self Care means and suggests 7 Practical Self Care Practices.
Why Self Care?
In our everyday fast paced life we can experience extremes of busyness, emotional upsets, disturbing news from all over the world and high demands on our time, all adding to keep us in stress mode for way too long. Electronic connectivity means we’re always at hand and the work-life balance becomes blurred. This often goes hand in hand with unhealthy lifestyles – spending too much time indoors, eating fast foods and processed foods and talking with people only on the other side of our gadgets.
When we become unwell we go to the doctor for medication, handing all our power and responsibility for our own health over to the doctor. Sometimes all it needs is to restore the balance ourselves and only you can do that. We are all going through a healing process at the moment – mentally, emotionally and spiritually. For some, the healing process can be quite intense, with more than one area of their lives feeling challenged – relationships, finance, work, home, health, etc. Inevitably it is part of your growth and evolution process so it is best to embrace it and take care of yourself as you flow through the process. It’s only through self care that you can anchor in and integrate the growth in consciousness that we are experiencing in intense waves in this transitional time we live in currently.
What Does Self Care Mean?
Self care means giving ourselves a break, spending time with ourselves and bringing much needed care, nurture and relaxation to ourselves. It can mean many different things to different people. We don’t all have the same self care needs. For some it may be doing yoga and keeping a gratitude journal. For others it may be dancing, painting or a walk on the beach. Your own self care needs may vary from time to time. Sometimes all you want is peace and quiet. Other days you may want to reconnect with a friend. It means giving yourself breathing space; time to reflect. It means calming the nervous system so that you can exit the stress mode and enter the rest, digest and relax mode of being. It means attending to the whole of you: mind, body, emotions and soul. It means taking care of your state of health and energy levels proactively.
How Practically Can I Practice Self Care?
Listen to music, have nap, a massage, a salt bath, read a book or simply daydream. Say no to some of those demands on your time and energy. Disconnect from technology – at least for a while. Use technology and social media sparingly and strategically as it can be a real energy drain. Your mind can get overloaded, your emotions impacted and your energy scattered. Only you can manage your own time and energy resources.
Take some quiet time alone to rest, meditate and contemplate. Enjoy stillness and bring some calm to your nervous system. In stillness you can tune into your intuition and open up to your inner guidance – a precious gift.
Your body needs gentle movement to release tension. Engage in peace enhancing activities such as yoga, tai-chi or a walk in a green space. Do something playful or spend some time near water such as a lake, river or the ocean, to recharge your batteries.
- Reconnect with yourself. Do something that YOU enjoy. Self care means coming home to yourself. This simple practice is essential for your own sense of wholeness.
- Reconnect with nature. A daily venture outside will clear the mind and revive the spirit.
- Reconnect with the present moment. Life can only be truly lived in the moment. All your senses come alive as the thoughts disappear.
Cook a nourishing meal, garden, paint, enjoy your favourite hobby or learn a new skill.
Engage in uplifting experiences like watching a beautiful film, a play or a musical. Learn something new or sign up for that course that interests you. Travel somewhere new. Travelling expands the mind, uplifts the spirit and opens you up to a broader, richer spectrum of life.
Stop being hard on yourself. Stop any judgement or criticism about yourself and bring compassion to yourself. Change the critical voice to a compassionate voice. Reflect on your experiences compassionately, retain the wisdom and ditch the judgement. Keep your thoughts and speech about yourself positive to empower and strengthen your body, your mind and your life. Love and forgive yourself, always.
We can take good health for granted, assuming the body will just keep going. Self-care is a pro-active investment in your own health. We are responsible, first and foremost, for our own wellness. Our lifestyle choices regarding food, drink, habits, medication, physical activity, stress-management and leisure activity are primarily under our own control. We have considerable personal power to create the life and wellness we want. For inspiration here are 7 Ways to Boost Your Own Well-being.
The single overriding objective in wellness is creating constant personal renewal. Energy work is a great way to restore and renew yourself. Make these easy, yet powerful 7 Essential Energy Practices to Ensure Good Health your daily ritual for your proactive health.
What Practically Can You Do Right Now?
Listen to a meditation:
Here’s a choice of Guided Transformational Meditations to choose from. The meditations are called transformational as they are very powerful and designed to bring about healing and advance your growth and evolution.
Read a book:
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