Monday, November 14, 2016

My Self-Care Regimen

I know many of us find it challenging to take care of ourselves. We have a lot going on and little time to get it all done. Each of us have our own unique challenges that are no more or less difficult than our neighbours. Add to that, the world seems to be in an angry, scary place right now. War, strife, conflict, and disillusionment to name a few of the dizzying forces at work right this minute across the globe.

And some of us are headed into the holiday season, which according to an already prolific amount of commercials we need to start thinking about posthaste. I gave up on the notion of holiday perfection several years ago, that doesn't mean I'm not tempted to go overboard every. Single. Year.

I stumbled upon this micro poem by Nayyirah Waheed some time back. Beautifully said. Radically true.

all the women.
in me.
are tired.

All this means I try to practice self-care. Here are some of things I try to remember to incorporate into my week:

Restorative Yoga: Even though it's class I've paid good money to sign up for, there are weeks I'm tempted to just say home that evening. Like a lot of things, the tough part is getting there. Once I'm stretched out on my mat and doing the breathing exercises, everything else fades away.

Breathing: Deep breath in for three seconds. Deep breath out for three seconds. For three minutes. Morning and night. It really does help me focus.

Reading: One study suggested that reading for a scant six minutes can reduce stress by 68 percent!

Mindfulness: Being in the moment means I spend less time worrying about the future.

Organization: I like things to be neat and tidy therefore I embrace organization. On the other hand, if you couldn't care less about whether things are neat and tidy, don't waste time working your butt off to achieve something that doesn't matter to you.

Also, these things: massages, dancing (in private), walking, hugging, and laughing.

And don't forget to alter your self-care regimen to match the season. Fall and winter mean more baths, hot drinks, movie watching and stews and soups.

What are some of the things you do to take care of yourself?

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