“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde
Have you ever had a day so chaotic that you lose time? Over the weekend, I had a huge amount of oils to get out and it took days. Labor Day was a holiday for everyone else, but I was working. As a woman, wife and mom I have a lot on my plate already. If you add career, pets and household duties on top of that, the plate is overrunning. Can you relate?
Unless your life is going to get less busy, you have to take time to prioritize yourself, even if it is just a moment. It is way too easy to become consumed by our responsibilities, forgetting the importance of self-nurturing. This Self-Care Awareness Month, let's figure how we can take a "no matter what" stance and incorporate it into our daily lives.
The Essence of Self-Care
While spas and bubble baths are wonderful, self-care isn’t limited to just physical pampering. It includes the emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of your whole self. Self-care is about recognizing your needs and giving yourself permission to prioritize them.
The Misunderstood Art of Saying "No"
Saying "no" isn't about being difficult; it's about understanding your limits and setting boundaries. By declining extra tasks or activities that don't serve you, you're creating space for what truly matters. Your energy is precious. Use it wisely.
Mindfulness: The Power of the Present
The art of being present can transform regular moments into meaningful experiences. Whether you're sipping your morning coffee or walking in the park, be present. Pay attention and engage your senses.
Setting Boundaries – A Love Letter to Yourself
Boundaries aren’t walls; they're guidelines for how you want to be treated. They help you establish respect and understanding in relationships. Remember, it's okay to protect your energy and peace.
Embracing Imperfection: Your Perfectly Imperfect Journey
Perfection is a lie. Embrace your imperfections, they make your journey unique and beautiful. How you got here might not have been perfect, but it strengthened you. Don't forget that part. Celebrate every step, every stumble, and remember: growth is a process, not a destination.
The Healing Power of Nature
Nature has an uncanny ability to soothe our souls. Take a walk, enjoy the beauty of a sunrise, or simply listen to the sounds of nature. Nature doesn't rush, yet everything gets done. Sidenote: Cardinals are my favorite and yes, I am an avid bird watcher.
Investing in Passion Projects
Do something just because you enjoy it. Whether it’s painting, writing, gardening, or dancing, let your soul play. Passion projects aren't about your to do list; they're about making you smile.
Self-Care Awareness Month serves as a reminder, but the journey towards genuine self-care is an ongoing project. It's a commitment to yourself, a promise to prioritize your well-being amid life’s challenges and changes. Remember that you're worth every moment of love, care, and attention you give to yourself.
Join us on the selfcare and wellness journey with us, not just this month, but everyday. Share your self-care stories, your struggles, and triumphs. Together, let's make self-care more than just words – let's make it a movement. ❤️