You step out of bed and already you are “multi-tasking”. Taking a shower and planning your grocery list. Making breakfast while drinking your coffee while you scan email on your phone and referee your children. While you drive to work you are eating your breakfast and talking on the phone.
I did a session with a woman recently. She had been tired and feeling a bit blah. She was getting a reading to ask about her job, family, relationship, and career. As we started, Spirit told me to tell her to “take time for herself” , “slow down”, and “get present”. When I shared these with her, she answered back “I don’t have enough time to do that. My brain is too full when I meditate it just races. I have too much to do”.
Does this sound like you?
Source wants us to live life fully and stop burning the candle at both ends. So why don’t we? It isn’t as though we don’t want to take care ourselves. But… we think that we don’t have the money, time, or the bandwidth to handle anything else. Our lives and brains and “to-do” lists are already full. Self care sounds like more work or that it will stop everything else we need to get done so we just skip it. Well… I would like to debunk these myths about self care. If you think it takes an abundance of money or time, read on. If you think self care is only about your body, read on.
SELF CARE MYTH #1
Self-care costs lots of money.
NOT TRUE! Pampering yourself can cost what ever you are able to spend. From a totally free pleasure like sitting in the park on a sunny day or taking time to read a good novel or even spending a little to treat yourself to a pedicure.
SELF CARE MYTH #2
Self-care requires a lot of time.
NOT TRUE! 5-10 minutes of deep slow breaths, sheds stress and increases your energy. Try this: Instead of listening to the news on the way to work you could listen to music you love.
SELF CARE MYTH #3
Self-care is all about taking care of your body.
NOT TRUE! Mind, body, AND spirit all need self care.
At its core, self-care is all about finding ways to:
– be joyful
– discover peace
– feel connected
– expand gratitude
– enjoy life
Whether you already are taking care of yourself or you are ready to try, take a moment to brainstorm and explore what you could do.
Here are some questions to help you think about ways to practice self care:
- What makes you laugh?
- What do you love to do when you are beholden to no one?
- What sights or sounds are peaceful to you?
- What brings you joy?
- How do you connect to the divine? Is there another way you could connect?
- What other ways could you take care of your body?
- Do you have a hobby that enjoyed but haven’t done in a while?
Okay your turn.
Remember that sometimes just 10 minutes, a good cup of tea and the physical space to breath feeds our souls. Taking a dance break with great music can lift our spirit. We are worth it and it makes all the difference.
Feel free to share in the comments below. What are you going to do to practice self care? Find time to be in nature? Start a meditation practice? Listen to stand up comedy on the way to work? How could you live more SoulFully?
Now feel free to take a Dance break !!!