Who says that Self care is just for Sundays?
In this week’s Episode of Micro Mondays I’m sharing 10 ideas for your self-care toolbox to use in daily life that don’t include a pampering session. I’m going deeper than our normal ideas of what self-care is.
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Saturdays are my long run days. I’ve been running with my Saturday Sisters for 12 years and although I’m now living on the Gold Coast, I still get up at 4am each Saturday, drive for 1 hour, run, enjoy a social breakfast post run and then drive home. It is my choice to do this and normally I look forward to seeing my friends and being physically active.
This week I decided not to go. I had had a huge week – a podcast interview, a day trip with Mr M, two days with my grandsons in Brisbane and taking 3 Group Fitness sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio. All of these things I enjoyed doing but combined in the one week was full on. By Friday night my body was telling me I needed to rest.
In the past I would have pushed through and felt guilty if I cancelled my run. Sometimes we fight against what our body is telling us and that’s not healthy. However, in living my WOTY which is ‘BE’, I needed to listen to my body and BE reasonable, BE self aware and BE less rigid in my thinking.
Now what has that got to do with Self Care and Sundays?
Self Care isn’t just for Sundays and it is more than a pampering session (although we all need a pampering session).
Self care is about taking care of your mind, body and spirit each day. Self care comes in many forms.
It’s about carving out time for yourself.
It’s about listening to your body and what it needs right now.
It’s about listening to what your mind and spirit need right now.
It’s about You and what you need right now.
In that moment on Friday evening, I knew I needed a day to relax.
I need to listen to myself, my inner voice, my deep energy. I need to be with me. It is that simple and that authentic.Marie, member of the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Group
10 self-care ideas that don’t include a pampering session
A pampering session is wonderful and definitely should be in your ‘self-care’ toolbox. I believe that Self-Care is so much more than this. I could keep writing ideas but here are 10 to get you started.
- Creating boundaries – having control over when you say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ without the guilt
- Letting go of relationships that aren’t serving you well and spending time with friends and family who are loving and supportive.
- Moving your body daily
- Eating nutritious food to fuel your body
- Clearing your mind
- Enjoying the moment – finding joy in the small things.
- Knowing what medical screening you need and making the appointment
- Spending time in Nature and Sunshine
- Getting enough sleep
- Defining what you want from life and start living life your way
When making a decision, ask yourself – if I am loving towards myself, what will I do?Shan member of the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Group