I learned the hard way. Complete burnout is a REAL thing. You can feel like you are on top of the world one moment, simply floating through task after task, and then . . . "Uhhhhhhh, What was I doing?!" "What's my purpose?!" "I need to nap..." - Side note: I'm not a "napper".
I am a "DO ER!", time after time I have self induced my veins with loads of caffeine and positive affirmations to fuel me throughout my days. I am athletic, I move my bod because I am like a hamster that needs constant movement as a means to brainstorm my next creative endeavor.
As I have grown older, I have become WISER - I have! I learned that I cannot fill others' cup without fulling my own. I feel guilty in doing this. Do I really deserve a break? Do I really deserve to just SIT and shut off my mind? Do I really deserve to accept healing hands on my body?
And so, I learned that I deserve all of these tasks, and that YES, I can (and will) make time for them. It started as friends and family gifting me with such services - yoga, reiki / energy healing, massage / body work, spa sessions - and then... I turned 30. Did turning 30 mean that I could finally accept that "loving" myself was genuinely O-K? Wow. 30 years... and now I have come to the conclusion (with a little help from writing this goal down on my 2018 "resolutions" list) that I will, "DO ONE 'SELF-CARE' PRACTICE FOR ME - ONCE A MONTH MINIMUM." - - - period.
Gulp. Yes, spend money on me. Yes, allow time for ME. And so the power of this practice has started to have a profound effect on the way I function, not to mention how I can relate to my clients as well! I've got to practice what I preach, so I am!
Think of self-care as tying your shoe laces. Yes, sure you have them on your feet, your toes are protected, but what happens when you start to jog or run?!
FLIPPITY-FLOP - - - BA-BOOOOOM! Down you go. You just "ate it" didn't you?
Think of this as "burnout" or "overload".
Unfortunately, failing to care for your own emotional and physical needs before attempting to resolve those of others can really take a toll on your emotional and physical well-being - You may find yourself starting to "stumble" and "trip" on those shoe laces!!!
So, why is a self-care practice so important?
It increases your sense of self-love, allowing you to appreciate and accept yourself for who you are. It promotes feelings of calm and relaxation, serving as a way to refocus and come back to your daily life refreshed and ready to take on anything. It improves both physical and mental health by reducing the effects of prolonged stress on your mind and body. When you meet your own needs, this makes you a more valuable and attractive partner, parent, friend, employee or caregiver. When you’re healthy and well-rested, you’re better equipped to support others - : )
Ways to feed your needs:
Physical self-care: Eating well, exercising regularly, making sleep a priority. Emotional self-care: Managing anxiety, anger, sadness, and other emotions. Setting boundaries with people who are not positive or supportive. Spending time alone to rest and recharge. Keeping up with a journal of gratitude or goals / passions. Spiritual self-care: Volunteering, connecting with nature, yoga, meditation, mindfulness. *** What's my caring cocktail of choice you ask?! Here's the scoop!
FITNESS - I like to get a good sweat on, pound the weight room OR stretch the bod.
HOT TEA! - Because this is a meditation in itself, did you read my post about this art?
YOGA - Okay, this is fitness to some, for me it's all mental - BREATH WORK!!! Oh and breath is life!
ENERGY WORK / REIKI - Moving the energy fields and aligning chakras OR perhaps cutting some relationship chords is essential to tap in to your CORE BEING!
MASSAGE / BODY WORK - Detoxifying and cleansing to the organs AND mind.
MANI + PEDI - Because a fresh coat of paint always helps.
RETAIL + ART THERAPY - Because a new art piece (yes, fashion is art) always does a nice healing for the soul.
BATH-TIME - Essential + necessary! I prefer mine with bubbles OR Epsom salts and aromatherapy oils!
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