I have come to find that many people do not understand the concept of engaging in self-care. In their eyes this concept is a foreign entity. Most people are preoccupied by taking care of others or “being busy” that they often forgot to take care of themselves. When asking people to prioritize things in their lives they often forget to include themselves on that list. How can any of their other priorities get met if they are unavailable to do them? This is typically an “I opener” to most people and challenges them to take a hard look at how they are not putting themselves at the top of the “to do” list.
“I am too busy to fit self -care into my schedule” is the next thing I typically hear from people. I often explain to people that self-care is more of a way of being rather then something else you must fit into your schedule. You must care enough about yourself to incorporate things into your daily routine. In the long run it can prevent you from struggling with things such as illness or psychological stressors that may put your “busy” life to a standstill.
There are several areas in your life that you can engage in self-care: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and professional. I am going to provide a brief break down of activities to give you some ideas of what may be included in each area. Physical: engaging in aerobic activity at least 3xs a week, scheduling preventative medical care, and getting enough sleep. Psychological: say “no” to extra responsibilities, read literature that is unrelated to work, and relaxing your muscles throughout your day. Emotional: play with animals, do something for others, and laugh. Spiritual: spend time in nature, have a gratitude practice, and engage in creative activities. Professional: take time to eat, set limits with clients/colleagues, and have a comfortable workspace. The ideas given are just a small snap shot of what you could be engaging in on a regular basis. If you would like a more extensive list, please reach out to me Contact and I can provide this to you. I also welcome you to make up a list of your own ideas and challenge yourself to incorporate these things into your daily routine. You may already be engaging in some of these concepts but do it on a less consistent basis. Your challenge may include moving the activities from “sometimes” to “frequent.”
I hope that this post has given you some insight into the importance of making yourself a priority. The benefits of doing so are endless. In the big picture, it can help you improve relationships, your productivity and overall happiness in life. A great way to start off on your journey of self-care is attending my Book Club Meet & Greet: Upcoming Events . You can read what the book club has to offer with my previous blog post Means to Inspire. We will be engaging in self-care activities that cover all areas discussed in this article on a monthly basis. It would be a great first step in making yourself a priority. I challenge you to put yourself at the top of your priority list.
Enjoy Your Journey,