Mini Series on Ways to Practice Self-Care

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In this mini-series about self-care I will be talking about what self-care is, why it’s important, the different areas in which we can practice self-care, and how to implement self-care in the 5 pillars of our life… health, money, love and relationships, career, and spirit.

O.K.

So first off I want to say YAY for you right now!

You are already practicing self-care right now just by reading this podcast.

Instead of totally zoning out on yet another social media binge or letting your kids choose what you’re reading, like Goodnight Moon for the millionth time …

You are choosing you!

And that is 100% awesome!

Quoting the Dalai Lama…” if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.”

Does that ever sound like you?

It’s ok to admit that you’ve felt burnout.

I think as women, mothers, in particular, we feel like we always need to be giving.

That as moms we shouldn’t want to want time to ourselves. That our husbands and children should give us everything we need to feel on top of the world. And for some women that is totally the case, but for me, and a lot of other women I’ve talked with…that’s just not reality.

If you’re like me you crave, no… actually need, time for rejuvenation in order to be your best self.

Our metaphorical cup

I don’t know about you but I oftentimes feel like a cup. Sometimes that cup is overflowing and sometimes that cup runs dry. Like so dry you would never know that it had ever been used to hold liquid. Can anyone else relate? There are things that fill that metaphorical cup and there are things that empty it. What’s funny though is that sometimes the things that fill it, can also be the things that empty it.

Does that make sense?

My family for instance…those humans that I love with all my heart and fill me with so much joy (cup fillers) are also the ones that demand so much time and attention (cup emptiers).

Or the fitness classes I teach…I teach a fitness class 4 times a week. It’s a free class that I offer and I LOVE doing it. It gets me out of my house to meet with other women, I get to move my body, all good things (cup fillers), but I am also an introverted extrovert so that social time can also leave me feeling drained not to mention the time it can take to prepare for the class (cup emptier).

So this is where self-care comes in.

How in the world can we fill the cups of others if our own cups are completely empty?

It’s like being on an airplane.

The flight attendants always instruct you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping the person next to you.

Makes sense right?

Can’t help anyone if you’ve deprived yourself of oxygen. And yet, again especially as women, we tend to put everyone ahead of ourselves and wonder why we are left exhausted, anxiety-ridden, depressed, and overwhelmed.

So what’s a girl gotta do?

Well, let me tell you!

Self-care takes on seven forms…

  • Emotional

  • Physical

  • Mental

  • Social

  • Spiritual

  • Practical

And

  • Professional

 

By filling in these areas with various forms of self-care you are guaranteed to see reduced stress and anxiety, increased energy (hooray!), improved productivity, increased immunity, greater patience, greater resilience, improved mood and emotional well-being, improved physical health, greater self-awareness and self-compassion, and a greater ability to care for and be present for others.

Do any of these things sound like something you could use more of?

So guess what?

In the upcoming episodes of this mini-series, I will share with you a list of several ways that check off the seven forms of self-care and fit in within our five pillars of life: health, money, love & relationships, career, and spirit.

For each of these lists for each pillar, please note that this is not the end-all-be-all list of things you can do to refuel, but it is a really great way to get started. If this is something you struggle with, just pick one thing from one category to get moving on your way to better self-care.

Or maybe within these lists, you’ll find a new idea that you want to try.

It could also be that you are really good at self-care in one area of your life but struggle in other areas. Try picking one thing from another pillar and add that into your routine and you are for sure going to see some awesome beni’s.

For each of the upcoming episodes, I’ve come up with 5 various options for each life pillar. Some of them are pretty obvious, but then oftentimes the obvious things are the ones you don’t always do.

So I challenge you to really take a good look at how you are doing life right now.

How can you take just a moment for yourself each day and recharge? I know that as you do so that you will find your “giving cup” will overflow and you will be able to show up as the best version of you, for yourself and for those around you.

So without further adieu, let’s jump in, shall we?

In the following post, we will learn all about our health and how we can implement self-care within that particular life pillar.

I might suggest taking a week in between each post so that you can work on your focus area before moving onto the next topic, but I’ll leave that up to you.

See you in the next post about self-care in your health!

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