Self-care for the over-extended
Too busy to care for yourself?
Many years ago, I had no self-care practice. I knew that I was not caring for myself. I knew the things that would support my health. I knew that I was not doing them because of my responsibilities to family, friends, and career got in the way. I kept wondering if there might be a way to keep my over-committed life and pursue my dreams, while also caring for my body-mind-spirit?
I got an answer:
If there is not time in life for self-care, then we must make it. To make time, we probably have to change. We have to stop over-committing. This might be a big change, it might be a small change, but it is a necessary change.
Self-Care – a couple of details:
- Thinking about self-care is not self-care.
- Imagining doing self-care is not self-care.
- Reading about self-care is not self-care.
Engaging in lifestyle choices that you know support your happiness, vitality, and joy. That might be a movement class, certain ways of eating, a set amount of alone time each day, meditating, days off from work, writing, art, camping, etc.
I know that change is challenging.
You are worth all of your effort.