Try "googling" self-care and you will find a vast sea of articles on what self-care is, how to do it, how to make it a priority, and why is it important. It can be overwhelming for sure, especially with blog posts like 52 small things to self-care. Hey, wait a minute, I need to do 52 things for self-care, that sounds like a lot. One could easily get distracted, confused, and end up packing it all in. Poof, another resolution bites the dust.
Well, here's where we offer up a solution and some take-away advice if this is on your resolution list for 2020.
What is self-care?
By nature, we like to keep things simple. Self-care is about caring for yourself. Wow, that's it, yep, that's it - no magic here.
Self-care is not about a regular prescription for a massage, manicure or facial - although it certainly can be a form of self-care (we like). Again, simply put it's about showing care for yourself. It means taking part in activities that improve your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. This may involve doing something or doing nothing at all.
Here's a short list of some activities that can you on the path. As you go, add more in and feel better equipped to handle life's stresses.
Seven Self-care ideas
- reading, even if only for 10 minutes
- start your morning early and put yourself first
- get your zzz's
- set boundaries for what you can and can't do - learn to say no
- acts of kindness for those around you
- practice mindfulness (see below for a great event coming soon)
- journal, write about your day, your plans, how you feel
Two excellent wellness workshops coming soon
The Crossing at Ghost River, Cochrane, Alberta is hosting two fantastic events in 2020 that promote self-care and give you the tools to live your best life.
THE ALIGN WOMEN'S RETREAT
March 12-15, 2020 - 3 day retreat
FOLLOW YOUR BREATH MINDFULNESS RETREAT
July 9-14, 2020 - 5 day retreat