In this blog post I would like to talk about a topic that I feel is very important for most of my clients. The topic of self-care.
Most of us are very good at looking after others – partners, children, siblings, elderly parents, friends, even neighbours or people in the community. And many people are looking after others in their professional role as doctor, consultant, nurse, healthcare assistant, carer or even teacher. Many of us feel that unless we can look after and care for other people our life is worthless. And many of us have forgotten how important it is to look after and care for ourselves too because only when we look after and care for ourselves can we be there for others and look after and care for them both in our own personal life or as part of our profession.
There are many ways to look after yourself, maybe:
- you would like to integrate a meditation practice, it may be as short as 10 minutes, into your daily routine. There are find lots of guided meditations on the internet; all you have to do is sit down, switch the meditation on and follow the instructions. One great resource for guided meditations is Tara Brach. On her website you will find both short and long meditation practices.
- you feel it would be good to include some exercise in your daily routine. It does not matter how much you exercise so long as you do exercise. Do not tell yourself that you do not have time because you do or, if you don’t have this time just now, you can certainly make it in the future. If you don’t want to exercise on your own, perhaps you could find a friend or family member who would like to do it with you. Another interesting option to consider is to join MeetUp where you will find like-minded people for whatever you would like to do.
- you would like to make a habit of going for a wellness treatment once a month – a Reiki treatment, a massage, a facial – something that is time for only you, where you can just be yourself and recharge your batteries.
- you want to take more time for things you really like doing but haven’t done in a while like reading a book or watching a movie or meeting up with friends more regularly. Again, it may feel like you don’t have the time to do any of that but you do have the time.
All the above is part of self-care because you come home and do something for yourself, making you feel better and more content. When you then return to the looking after and the caring you do, when you go back to the people who need and rely on you, you will do so with a lot more energy and a feeing of deep happiness because you yourself feel recharged and full of energy.
I hope you have found this post helpful. Good luck with your self-care! Your whole being will thank you for this.