" I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival."
In today's age of busy and navigating along the daily grind, it may be difficult to find time in self-care. During times of crisis anxiety, stress, and fear can cloud our minds, turning them into a mental pressure cooker. Self-care is key to mitigating stress and managing anxiety.
Fatigue, stress, anxiety and the overall sense of feeling drained are indicators telling us "hey you, it's time to decompress." When we ignore these indicators, we are in a sense "turning up the heat on the pressure cooker." How would you show up in all aspects of life if you weren't stressed, fatigued, or anxious?
Decluttering the mind can take shape in many forms, mostly in forms that work for you. Putting yourself first is not selfish, it is self-care and necessary in keeping balance in your life. When we are physically and emotionally feeling better, we are more engaged and successful in what we are trying to achieve.
Give yourself permission, let go of what you should be doing or need to be doing and create the time, space for self-care. You deserve to live your best life, you deserve to feel more joy than physical/emotional pain. So let's decompress.
Again, whatever works for you is the appropriate level of self-care. Sometimes just talking to someone, venting your thoughts into the Universe is whats necessary. Walking in nature may be enough to slow time down, allowing you catch up with your thoughts, and be present with the elements around you. Meditation calms the busy mind, raising our awareness and energetic levels. Goal setting, and achieving one's goals is a form of self-care; this provides a sense of accomplishment. Getting a massage is powerful, not only in the sense of physical relief but emotional relief.
The most effective method in self-care is to be ahead of the warning indicators of fatigue, stress, and anxiety. Plan this time out, schedule it and give high priority, it is okay to put yourself first.
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Jeff Saal CPC, ELI-MP
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