3 New Ways to Self Care
In a world of chaos, it’s easy to forget what we have. Some of the simplest things can be overlooked or taken for granted. Things like our eyesight, the clothes on our back, a full pantry, running water or our family. It’s only until these things are taken away from us, do we truly understand how much we love them and need them.
I’ve been reflecting a lot over the last year on who I am at the core, what I want for myself and my business, who I am as a leader, teacher, coach and partner, my daily habits and my internal monologue that never seems to shut off. I find it that the quieter I am, the more profound realizations occur. It’s often times in those moments that you can really connect with yourself and are able to fully understand what you truly need on a daily basis to function and perform.
It’s common to avoid conflict, fear and discomfort. As humans we’re constantly trying to protect ourselves; to survive. It’s an instict to avoid the bad and to turn a blind eye to the things we need to do the most. I’ve worked with a lot of folks who’s answers are right in front of them, but are hard for to see because of (what I like to refer to as) a foggy lens. This lens (or perspective) is skewed [perhaps] because of a bad relationship, family trauma, an inability to express themselves, fear, depression or injury. All common, but inherently constant for them. Image waking up to something you despise every single day yet feel like you can’t do anything about. That would undoubtly push you into a corner.
This is where I like to suggest we all take a second look at the lens we’re viewing the world through, and self-care has everything to do with it. The moment we slow down and realize that our lens is in fact dirty, it’s a game changing opportunity for us to take action.
1. Begin to look at mediation as a non-negotiable. Just like you’d take a shower, eat or brush your teeth, meditating every day should be part of your routine. Using apps like Insight Timer or Calm encourage nothing but the best for your mental health. It may be hard at first, but over time you will see how powerful this practice is.
2. Ask yourself how you can be a better blank today (insert: daughter, husband, wife, friend, leader, volunteer, neighbor, boss etc). Being open to contructive feedback on how you can improve as a person is one of the most contructive things you can do for yourself. You’ll not only learn about how others view you and be able to improve your relationships, but you’ll learn about yourself. Strengthenging the bond you have with yourself is the ultimate power in being able to take on anything!
3. Skip trendy advice and forge your own path. Trendy by definition is something that is temporarily popular or “up to date.” Avoid temporary fixes across the board and commit to your health for the long term. Put in the work across the spectrum (mental – spiritual – physical). You will learn along the way, understand exactly what works for you and have built a solid foundation to create an amazing life.
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