This week’s prompt for #lifethisweek hosted by Denyse Whelan is ‘Self Care Stories’. Self care has become a bit of a buzz word over the last few years but it is still an important component for us to Live Well and Enjoy Life!
On today’s Micro Mondays Podcast episode I’m sharing with you what makes up my Self-Care Routine and it isn’t just about facials (although who doesn’t love a good pampering session?)
You can listen to the podcast below or keep reading
Self-care for me means:
- looking after my body, inside and out
- taking care of my mental and spiritual health
- practising gratitude daily
- practising mindfulness – living in the ‘now’ not looking back or yearning for the future
- helping others – brings me a sense of satisfaction and joy
- knowing my boundaries – being able to say ‘No’ when I need to and ‘Yes’ when I can
- my attitude to life – trying to keep a positive outlook and a ‘can do’ attitude
- accepting ‘me’ and loving who I am – the most important part of my Self-Care
Self-care by making my health a priority
Staying fit, active and healthy is important to us all. Did you see this article on Facebook? I found this on The Oldish Facebook page and totally agree. At 64, I still feel young and I’m certainly fit so I’m glad to see the definition of ‘old’ has been updated!
My health – physically and mentally is paramount for me, so I choose to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes, strength training, running, walking, yoga, making healthier food choices 80% of the time and including some relaxation and recovery time for my body. It also means having my regular health checks and screenings for breast cancer and bowel cancer.
I try to keep fit and active not necessarily because I want to look good (although I don’t mind that!) but because I want to be healthy to enjoy my life with my husband, keep up with my children and grandchildren and make the most of what life has to offer.
Self-Care by Taking care of my appearance
Sundays are usually my ‘self-care’ days and part of my self-care is taking care of my body, inside and out. I usually give myself a DIY facial, find time for relaxation, go for a leisurely walk and do things that bring me joy. This year, I’ve been using skincare and makeup products by Limelife by Alcone.
Over the last 18 months most of us haven’t had the opportunity to attend social functions so it has been mainly active wear for me. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to put on some makeup and dress for social events and this has had a
I believe it is my responsibility to set an example to my children and grandchildren. That means ‘walking the talk’ and living a healthy lifestyle.
Self-care for my Mind
‘Use it or lose it’ applies to our bodies AND also our brains. One way I keep my brain healthy is to continually exercise it. For me that is about learning through courses and my Online BookClub as we study the Classics. For others it might be extending your creative mind through art or other creative processes.
I’ve just recently lodged my final modules to attain my Certificate IV in Fitness which will qualify me to become a Personal Trainer in addition to my current Group Fitness Instructor Certification. I’m feeling fantastic and a sense of satisfaction that I’ve achieved this dream which I’ve had for some years.
Being a trainer in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio, keeps my body fit and also makes me use my brain as I take the clients through the various exercises and routines. I need to sometimes think on the spot for alternatives if a client attends with an injury.
My podcast, Conversations with Women Living Well After 50, certainly challenges my mind in many ways such as preparing for interviews, the tech side of producing a podcast. I’ve met many fascinating women with interesting stories and I have learned so much from them.
I believe that it is important to take care of yourself in mind,body and soul. That means being in a healthy weight range where you feel comfortable, make time for yourself to reflect, and ensure that you keep growing as a person.
Self-Care with Gratitude
Taking time each day to be grateful for what we do have, rather than focusing on the negative is another way to show ourselves self-care. My 100 day #bringmorecolourintoyourlife challengeMy 100 day project – #Bringmorecolourintoyourlife is proving a great way for me to stop and reflect on what I’m grateful for and also discovering just how much colour there is in life.
“Life is precious and too short not to be enjoying everyday that we are given.”
Self-care = Self-Love & Acceptance
Top of my self-care list has been learning to love myself. Learning to accept who I am, change what I don’t like and focus on what I like about myself. Being able to look in the mirror and smile because I love who I am – faults and all! That also means being able to share photos of myself and feel proud rather than cringing! We are unique beautiful women so love who you are and be proud!
What does self-care mean to you? I’d love you to share your thoughts and comments with me.