January is traditionally a time to hit the reset button. After the indulgences of the holidays, the return to a normal routine is often welcome. Many of us have goals for the new year: physical, personal, spiritual. How often do we think about those things not just as another “to do” but instead opportunities for self-care? Don’t roll your eyes! That term can be seen as selfish or indulgent, but I challenge you to see the benefits. Not only to yourself, but for others in your world as well. It’s hard to shine your light when your battery is low!
Self-care is going to look different to all of us. We don’t all have the same needs or ideas about what will recharge us. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
- Move: Moving your body gets your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Dance, skip, run, walk, stretch, parkour. Whatever is fun for you.
- Indulge: Watch your favorite show or movie, eat a piece of really good chocolate, read a book. What sounds indulgent to you?
- Tune out: Take a social media break and avoid the 24-hour news cycle. Avoid reading the comments!
- Take a minute: Breathe. Stop and take a deep breath. Now let it out. Feel better?
- Take stock: Think about the things you are thankful for in your life. Write them down, or don’t, take the time to reflect.
- Tidy up: Take 15 minutes and declutter one area that has been bothering you. I am looking at you, kitchen counter. Sock drawer, you’re next.
- Connect: Reach out to a friend or family member. Wonder what your old roommate is up to? Call or text and say “Hi!”.
- Go outside: Fresh air and a change of scenery can do wonders. Cold out? Bundle up!
- Plan: Research a trip or outing for a future date. Big or small, doesn’t matter. Maybe start a Pinterest board for your dream vacation.
- Pamper: Give yourself a manicure or pedicure. Maybe even go to a salon and let a professional take care of it for you.
- Prayer/meditation: Time spent in prayer or meditation can bring you connection and peace.
- Lighten up: A good belly laugh can do wonders!
- Rest: Take a nap or go to bed early.
- Tune up: Schedule your physical, dentist appointment or visit your chiropractor.
- Work it out: Schedule a massage or reflexology.
Self-care is not selfish! It can refresh and restore us so we can be fully present in our lives; not only for ourselves but for those around us as well. Find the thing (or things) that speaks to you and give it a try. Who knows what we can accomplish with a fully charged battery!
With love, Debbie