Self-Care Sunday: The Importance of Taking Care of Yourself
With all of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives we are always pouring ourselves out and sometimes we forget that we need to be refilled. From work to spouses, children, and extracurricular activities, we can drown in all that we do. This is when we have to learn the importance of carving out a time of rejuvenation for ourselves. Here are my three keys to ensuring we are self-aware and revitalized.
Step One: Listen to Your Body
Often times we push, push, push our bodies beyond the point in which they need to be. Don’t get me wrong, there are times where we need to push past the tiredness, but we have to be able to decipher when that is. If you are working out in the gym, then that is a prime example of when you need to push, but when you have been running all over the place with an extensive to-do list, at some point you have to rest and your body will tell you. Being in tune with our bodies is very important. We all have to recharge in order to be replenished to continue the busy lives we have, so do yourself a favor and listen to your body.
Step Two: Master the Gift of “No”
This is where many of us fail the most. We say yes to everything. Yes, I’ll come to the baby shower; yes, I’ll come to the show; yes, I’ll help you with your event; yes, I’ll go here and do that. NO, NO, NO! We have to stop overcommitting ourselves to task and people. We are responsible for creating some type of manageable balance in our lives. We all know the age-old saying, if you don’t plan your time, then other people will. This is why I think it is important to plan your weekly schedule ahead of time. I believe in a well-planned life. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t say it was easy, but it is definitely necessary. Two of my favorite planners are the Erin Condren Life Planner and The Day Designer. I’ve attached my discount code to the links in case these are options you would like to check out at a discounted price. Planning has allowed me not to overbook myself and really carve out my life in a strategic way. It helps me to know when to say “NO” and when I can actually say “YES”.
Step Three: Do For You
Decide on what you are going to do for you. Have that day of rest you’ve been wanting, try out that new spa, go on an adventure like hiking or white water rafting or attend that wine tasting you’ve been missing out on or even plan a staycation at a nice hotel in town. Have hubby keep the kids or hire a babysitter. On a budget? Well, have you a nice hot bath with a bath bomb, beautiful candles, a glass of wine, and nice music or create your own at home spa ambiance. Whatever you choose to do, treat yourself, you deserve it.
At the end of the day, self-care doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as a nap or as extravagant as a solo vacation to a tropical paradise. As long as you learn to take time for you, you will be able to give all that positive energy you exude to others.