You’ll find the word “self-care” in many of my articles but that doesn’t mean I have mastered it in my own life. However, I am much better at my personal self-care than I was several years ago. The guilt is not as intense or debilitating and my self-care practices are more regular. And, when I don’t perform regular self-care practices, it becomes necessary to up the ante and engage in some extreme self-care, which may entail a radical hiatus from the everyday-ness of my life.
Every now and then, when I am overwhelmed I slip into my calm space. I edit my thoughts and stabilize my emotions – allowing only what contributes to my self-care and my sanity. I only speak if it is absolutely necessary. I literally move slowly and more deliberately – observing, reflecting, appreciating, relaxing and treating myself gently. When I do, I discover more pockets of time to reflect, to write, to dream, to relax. Slowing down ushers me into a state of self-care, where silence, solitude and reflection calms me and fuels my writing.
These are two aspects of regular self-care I give myself each week.
The time alone and away is priceless.
Maybe you have one action or a routine that eases you into your calm space – a space where you engage in your own brand of self-care.
Please read Cindy’s post. Examine your life and answer the question she poses at the end, “What have you done for yourself lately?”