Practicing Self-Care

Self-care sounds like something you’d read about in a glass popular psych book, but whether we acknowledge it or not, we all need it. You may think “Great, one more thing for me to do. Who has time for spinning classes or an hour of meditation every day?” I get it. I don’t have that kind of time either, but I’ve found that making time for myself is key to keeping my sanity so I don’t accidently explode and smash the nearest Tang Dynasty vase with a golf club.

What is self care?

Anything that rejuvenates you. Anything you really want to do, not something you feel you should do. I can’t stress that enough, but if you attach the word should to anything, you won’t want to do it.

So if you had thirty minutes all for you, how would you spend it? What would feel your frazzled soul?

Reading a book, magazine, or your favorite blog (ahem)?

Enjoying a quiet meal?

Sitting quietly and doing nothing?

Sometimes, women find a half hour that isn’t filled with to-do’s and they have no idea what to do with it. Make a list of possibilities and keep it around in case you get stuck.

Now here’s the hard part: Finding the time. Lunch break? The twenty minutes before the kids get home from school and rip through the house like a tornado? A half hour in the morning  before everyone wakes up?

If you can’t find the time, make it. Let the kitchen stay dirty for another half hour so you can go for a walk. Ask your significant other to hold down the fort for awhile so you can soak in the tub. Dump the kids at a friend’s house so you can go to lunch. Do what you need to do, but neglecting self-care is like neglecting to charge your phone. Before long, you’re either burned out or have a dead phone. Take care of yourself, keep your batteries charged.



Posted on November 16, 2010, in Happiness, Stress and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve found cutting out the tv frees up a wealth of time that can be used for self care (or tackling my giant to do list.)

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