So today I feel like I did nothing. I mean, I did get some laundry done, and painting, and made dinner; but compared to my busy, getting my list accomplished day, I did nothing. And, oh, it felt so good!
You see, I woke up this morning, and my body was a little sore from working out, and I was a little sleepy, and feeling a little worn out. I am human after all, and have my moments. So I decided to take a day to relax and listen to my body.
Self care is something I haven’t always done very well. I think we sometimes get so busy taking care of everyone else that we neglect ourselves. A lot of us do it. And then we reach a point where we feel like we are going to break, or we get sick, and we are forced to stop for a bit. But what if we learned to listen to what our body is telling us, and stopped for a bit when we needed the break, and learned how to take care of ourselves, including our mind.
I have been in a place where I literally thought I couldn’t take one more day, or act like I was interested, or tried to please everyone else until I thought I was going to burst. I thought I was having a nervous breakdown, and thought I was going to have to be admitted to the looney bin. I have realized that if I don’t take care of myself, I am not able to take care of those around me. It is not selfish to take a day or take an hour or two to yourself, and refresh and clear your mind, or just to recenter and rest. It is crucial that we listen to our bodies and take some time for self care. What have you done for self care lately?