Self-care doesn’t necessarily come naturally.
No, indeed, it’s a skill that you develop with practice. And strong boundaries are a key ingredient in your efforts to take good care of yourself.
You might think that self-care would be easier during vacations and holidays when you have more time.
But is that really true? Step back and reflect for a moment.
Take stock of your time…
Did you find time for yourself during the recent holiday weekend? Were you able to pause in the midst of entertaining or socializing with family and friends? Did you steal a moment as you got ready for visitors, or after all the dishes had been done, or when your guests had gone?
Did you steal a moment as you got ready for visitors, or after all the dishes had been done, or when your guests had gone?
Self-care and boundaries…
And if you were the one who visited friends or family, were you able to take space to reconnect with yourself nd recharge? When you’re away from home, it can be even more difficult to take space and find the time that you need.
It’s fun, but…
When you’re vacationing or celebrating, self-care often gets forgotten. After all, you’re having fun!it’s easy to get swept into the flow of events and lose track of your own needs, priorities, and rhythms. Time management skills and solid time boundaries are even more essential than usual at this time of year.
it’s easy to get swept into the flow of events and lose track of your own needs, priorities, and rhythms. Time management skills and solid time boundaries are even more essential than usual at these times.
Self-care is actually your job.
To avoid feeling depleted, setting some time boundaries and making self-care a priority always serves you well. Remember, self-care is not an indulgence. It’s a responsibility! If you are not addressing your own needs, you won’t be able to be available to others in any meaningful way.
Be your own best friend, and give yourself what you need!
The first step in doing that may be to get to know yourself a little bit better. Many of us are so used to attending to others that we have trouble identifying self-nurturing activities.
Take a few moments today, and jot down five things that make you feel cared for and nurtured. Make sure that they are things that you can do for yourself.
Once you’ve got your list, set a time — think of it as an appointment with yourself — and then pursue your nurturing activity. This is one of the best ways that I know to re-energize yourself and reconnect with your own individual rhythms.
How does it work for you when you take time for self-care? I’d love to hear.
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