Are you kind to you? It is easy to fall out of the habit of looking after ourselves. This may mean that we do not get enough sleep, exercise, food or worse we forget to take a time out. A time out to do what ever it is that makes up feel better, that makes us who we are.
Are you guilty of self-neglect? Sit with me for a while and think about the last time that you did something just for you. I am not talking about that new pair of shoes, I am talking about the last time your stopped your world and did something for you. It does not have to be extravagant perhaps:
10 minutes of meditation
10 minutes journaling
10 minutes sending a salute to the sun.
10 minutes to prepare a proper lunch.
Today, instead of grabbing a piece of bread with peanut butter smeared on it and calling it lunch I took the time to make an avocado, cream cheese salad sandwich and brewed a cup of earl tea to sip alongside. It occurred to me while making this that I cannot remember the last time I went to such trouble making my lunch. My daughter and husband both start their day with a breakfast I make and they eat while I make their lunches. I routinely breakfast with a piece of toast that I share with our dog after the school run and a walk. DSC_0303
Is it because I work mainly from home that I think that it is okay to grab something easy when I am hungry? My nutrition needs are as important as anyone elses in this household. Just because I work from a home office does not mean that I am less busy than any other worker today, and I have the washing to load and unload to and from toilet trips. I constantly counsel my clients to look after their own health first. I regularly express the bucket theory i.e you cannot give from an empty bucket.. yet here I am trying to do exactly that.
How do we change? Persistence. Think about the holes in your self-care program. Start with the basics:
Pick where you would most like to start and make it happen. Set yourself out a meal plan, set the timer on your phone to go off to remind you to go to bed earlier, find a class or exercise you would enjoy, meditate there are apps and classes that you can explore, book an appointment with a practitioner. Do not put off looking after yourself a moment longer.
Take Care of You
with Metta, Vanessa xx