I asked around about what the words ‘self-care’ meant to people.
As we head into a new year, that typical urge to set goals or resolutions can kick up.
The “New Year, New Me” saying sitting in the back of our minds.
For a lot of people it simply means making time to prioritize themselves.
The gym, alone time, running, meditating, eating a favorite snack, crying, eating well, positive self talk, getting outside, a hot quiet coffee with a good book and a blanket, taking time to truly identify our needs and taking the time to meet them.
Doing things for yourself that simply fill your cup.
Self-care can look different for everyone, and can look different each day and even each moment.
It’s unique to each of us.
A pap or prostate check, the dentist, an hour of touch medicine with your massage therapist, a ten minute visit with your chiropractor, a Pilates class with friends or a session with your counselor/therapist.
Saying no to things that no longer serve us and saying heck yes to the things that bring us joy.
Every day we are presented with two choices.
We either get to evolve or repeat.
If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that our health and overall wellbeing cannot be found within anything but ourselves.
And, that our health really is one of the things that matters most.
Our lifestyles, daily habits, thoughts and the ways we connect to the world around us are what shape our health and wellbeing.
So as we journey into the new year, I encourage you to “level up” your typical resolutions into ones that really allow you to honour your self care moment to moment.
However that may look for you.
You don’t have to start at the top of the mountain, just take baby steps. Here are some suggestions:
- Set aside five minutes a day to truly check in with yourself, with your mind, your body, your heart. Listen to it.
- Then the following week add five more and do something that makes you feel happy or nourished.
- Set your alarm for fifteen minutes earlier so you can enjoy that hot coffee/tea or watch the sunrise.
- If your goal is healthier eating, set time aside to meal plan or prep.
- If it’s to exercise, get outside for a walk.
- If it’s to read more, read a chapter a day.
It doesn’t always need to be the end game right from day one.
Growth takes time and it’s often uncomfortable.
Beating ourselves up over not making it there overnight only sets us back.
Be kind to yourself (and others!) give yourself love and grace and celebrate those little daily wins. You’re worth it.
We are here to help.