I found this article on self care on the Internet and I thought it was timely and practical: The 5-Step Guide to Self Care for Busy People
Here is a summary of the steps in the article:
~Start with your needs first–what you need most at that particular moment.
If you can pinpoint what is bothering you or stressing you out then you can go straight to the self-care technique.
This sounds silly to schedule self-care, but it’s so easy to dismiss your need for comfort and support. If you schedule regular sessions of caring for yourself, then you won’t always be in crisis.
Give yourself the honor and respect that you give others by sticking to the schedule you’ve devised for yourself regarding self-care.
~Be assertive about setting your boundaries.
Your self-care needs are vitally important. Your needs are just as important as anyone else’s. You are entitled to take care of yourself.
~Focus on little and often.
It’s better to do self-care things that take a short while, and do them frequently, than to do a big chunk of a self-care activity only once in a while. For instance, it’s better to give yourself a manicure once each week, every week, than to do a day at the spa once a year or every other year.
Which of these steps did you find most surprising or enlightening or doable? I liked the last step the best: doing a little bit for yourself as often as you can. I also liked the second step of scheduling this bit of regular self-care.
Do you already have some form of a regular self-care practice? Until I read this article, I didn’t realize that I actually do have a regular self-care routine. Two mornings each week, I leave early to get to two different clients’ offices. I do this primarily to miss the traffic. The added benefit is that I have plenty of time to sit in a scenic area and watch the sunrise. Often, I take pictures and text them to my loved ones. I enjoy doing this, it gives me such a great feeling and I’m buoyed all day long.
What’s your self-care practice? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!
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