Choosing YOU: A Journey to Embracing Self-Care Amid Life's Chaos
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, self-care is defined as "the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health. Taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, especially during periods of stress."
As a business owner, mother of three children (plus three cats and one dog), a wife, a homeowner, a daughter, and a sister, I've had numerous roles and responsibilities to balance over the years. It gradually became a habit to prioritize the needs of others. We've all heard the saying, "You need to take care of yourself and put your oxygen mask on first, or you're no good to anyone else." There are no truer words. Why don't we give ourselves priority? Many answers can be found by asking this simple question.
A friend took a photo of me a few weeks ago, and it struck me that how I felt on the inside was reflected on the outside. I looked tired (exhausted, really!), my face appeared puffy, there was no energy in my posture, and my hair needed attention. I thought, "This isn't who I am, and it's not how I want to present myself to the world." It marked the end of accepting old habits and the beginning of cultivating new ones. Life is brief, and our physical and mental well-being matter. The to-do list will always be there, so place yourself at the top of it.
I've learned a few things over the years. First, no one is coming to rescue you. You are the one who can make a difference. When I saw that photo, I immediately told myself, "This is ENOUGH." I started scheduling more yoga classes, taking time for walks, and making myself a priority throughout the day. I'm not 100% consistent yet, but my morning routine now includes meditation, diffusing essential oils (we can help you find some wink wink), moving my body with yoga or a walk, and writing my morning pages to clear my busy mind. Morning pages involve free-flowing writing about anything that comes to mind until you fill 3-5 pages. It doesn't need to make sense, and the thoughts and ideas don't have to flow logically. Just find a nice pen, a quality journal, and set your mind free. It's fascinating to see what emerges.
Self-care is about choosing YOU
Start a daily practice of doing what makes you feel good, and it will transform your life. I promise. For me, it means not immediately reaching for my phone or laptop in the morning. I admit, it's easier said than done! Begin your day with activities that nourish your body, mind, and soul. How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of it and impacts everything you do.
I urge you to pick ONE thing focused on taking care of yourself. Schedule that massage, carve out time for a quiet cup of coffee, drink more water, get moving, or spend time in nature—whatever will have the greatest impact for you. Small, consistent changes can lead to transformative shifts in your life. Congratulations on taking your first step.