We can get so wrapped up in taking care of others. We put others’ wants and needs before our own, at work, at home, and in our communities.
Often at the expense of our own mental, emotional and physical health.
When was the last time you said no to someone, someone who needed something from you (even just your time because that most definitely counts!), because you needed that time to do something that was just for you, and no one else?
I’m actually really, really curious to know your answer!
It’s a beautiful characteristic to be there for others, to give unselfishly of ourselves. But if we’re not careful, we’re putting that ability at risk.
I read this great statement once that resonated with me and hit me like a bolt of lightning…..”You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
But what a wake up call for me!
Maybe you’ve heard it before, but when I first read it, it really did hit me hard.
But it makes so much sense!
If you run yourself ragged until you’re running on empty, what’s left to give to others? What’s left of quality to give to someone else?
So please, practice self-care, make YOU a priority. When serving others, make sure you’re serving from a full cup.
There are so many ways to practice self-care. Here are a few. Choose as many as you’d like. And if you have any suggestions, please share, we would all love to hear them!
22 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF-CARE:
- A good book and a cup of tea (perhaps glass of wine)
- Lunch with a friend
- A solo day at the beach soaking up the sun and playing in the waves
- A day trip to the closest little town
- A day trip into the city
- A movie that’s just for you
- A weekend movie marathon with your favourite takeout
- Shopping for one new outfit
- A bubble bath or home spa experience
- A trip to a spa
- A weekend camping trip
- A hike along some waterfalls
- An afternoon kayaking
- Horseback riding
- An evening under the stars just gazing and dreaming
- A day spent in bed with comfort foods and Netflix
- Joining an adventure club
- Learning how to belly dance
- Learning tai-chi
- Taking a course in something that’s just for fun
- A bike ride through your town complete with a picnic
- Daring to dream, creating vision boards to match
Let me know if you try any of these, and what you thought of them.
And don’t forget to share any other ideas you have!