Self-Care, A Shift In Perspective

 

“Enjoy the simple things. Don't over complicate everything. Take a breath. Find some stillness. Stop to smell the flowers. Listen to the birds. Sit in the sunshine.” 
-Akiroq Brost

 

Self-care. A buzz word or term that we are being reminded of all the time, we know we need to “do it”, and yet it so often gets pushed down on the priority list. {As a side note: I’m actually in the process of trying to find a new word, to shift the language and connection with self-care, because even though this phrase is self-explanatory, there are often associations with this term spanning from self-indulgent to undeserving. Which could be one reason why it isn’t considered a priority, essential for our health and well-being}.


We all have our reasons and explanations why this happens. You probably know why it’s a struggle for you, and I know my reasons too.


One of the things I often hear from people is that they don’t have the time for self-care. From this perspective, if we see self-care as something else we have to DO, then yes, that’s probably true. Our lives are busy and full.


What I really feel passionate about when it comes to self-care though is how to see it as meaningful and vital to our health and wellness.


How do we define it for ourselves?


How can we shift our perspective around it so that we see that it can happen, it can be integrated into the activities of our daily lives that we are already engaged in?


How can we be more devoted to our health and healing in the midst of our ordinary lives, rather than it being something extra we do?


How do the choices we make reflect our worthiness of love, nourishment and optimal health?


I see it in myself, my family, with clients, and in my community, that the more we tend to our needs for nourishment, we fill our cups and our wholeness spills over into every aspect of our lives.


I invite you to explore the ways you choose self-care and nourishment in your daily life experiences. It can be anything and everything from what and how you choose to eat; allowing emotions to flow; your boundaries around your time/energy/commitments; how you listen to what you need and take action; gratefulness; expressing your truth; to the beliefs or thoughts you have about yourself; getting enough rest; to how you connect with nature; and on and on...

What does self-care look and feel like to you today?