How do you show up for yourself on a daily, weekly basis?
Recently as I was talking to a close friend about this message of showing up for yourself everyday. We agreed that somedays we're better at it than others. And that it can be down right hard and you may want to pull the covers over your head and give up. Making even 5 minutes for yourself can be a challenge on busy days.
Life in the modern world has us ON 24/7 with little time to stop and be still. Don't even get me started on the love affair we have with technology and our phones.
This week my message of prioritizing self-care hit home when after a stretch of long workdays, intense deadlines, classes and family obligations left me depleted....both physically and mentally. I wanted to hide. But I kept going...just at a healthier pace. And made sure to listen to my body.
What can help?
It's hard to be alone and stay motivated. In my experience I've found my fitness community friends to be very important to me. Checking in with them and 'showing up' each week (even if I'm not in the mood) helps me stay focused, committed and connected. And there's something special that happens as those weeks, months, years start to tick by. Friendships are made. Support is offered. Bonds happen. And they become your fitness family. And suddenly the unfamiliar bootcamp class becomes familiar. You may even start to enjoy working out and moving your body. So go ahead and sign up for a new class! You have nothing to loose.
Take time to Nourish.
This idea of self care bleeds through each corner of your life. From food to movement to finances and even friendship. When you honor yourself enough it helps you feel your best and gives you energy to be a better overall human being. You become a better wife, sister and friend. Nourishing your body with whole foods says... I value my health. What I eat is important to me.
As a former educator, learning is never far from my mind. I enjoy learning and figuring things out. Tackling something difficult in the house to repair or stretching myself mentally is so rewarding. No matter how old we are it's important to keep yourself sharp and learn and grow in new ways. Pick up a book and expand your mind! Things I'm learning this season....gardening, plumbing (yuck!) and reading up on US history.
Rest & Have Fun.
Life can't just be all about work and zero play. Part of a healthy well-rounded self care routine must include down time, extra sleep and time for fun activities. Even if it's just as simple as reading a good book or taking a walk with your dog. Find time for fun. When you give yourself some down time...this is when the creative magic happens. It often sparks some new ideas and fun projects to dream about. Rest & relax!
Wishing you all the best this week.
Make self care first on your list and see how it makes you feel.