We tend to treat our precious bodies and spirits as if they have an endless supply of energy that will allow us to go-go-go without breaking down. Why do we think it’s a luxury or indulgence that is taking time or money away from life when we care for ourselves? Why do we feel selfish when we put ourselves at the top of our priority list?
Self-care has to be the foundation for all else – it is what will sustain us to do what we want and be all that we want to be. I deeply know this to be true, and I’m just getting good at figuring out what self-care means to me. I know that my body, brain, and spirit are much better off when I take time to honor me and to care for myself with the same loving attention I give my technology.
We are better partners, parents, friends, and workers when we lovingly give ourselves a little time to slow down, tune in to our inner guidance. No need to produce anything. No labeling ourselves as “lazy.” What’s made us great may be our downfall if we’re not careful. It’s important to prioritize and provide for the things that fuel us and build us up. We don’t want to push and drive so hard that we die before we get to enjoy what we’ve worked so hard to create.
I don’t mean to be dramatic (or maybe I do), but this is important – in our society we push ourselves to physical, mental, and emotional breakdown far too often. It just doesn’t have to be so.
How can you create one tiny shift in your day to recharge yourself? To plug yourself back in to your energy source? Where can you create a little self-love, compassion, gentle nurturing space for you and for what you need? Can you give yourself permission to do this without guilt or shame?
If you’d like to give yourself the gift of a weekend of self-renewal and learn more about how to integrate self-care into your daily life, please join me at the upcoming Women’s Self-Renewal Retreat, February 27-March 1.
“Learning to attune and respond to your needs and desires – practicing self-care – impacts every aspect of your life. Nurturing yourself is not selfish – it’s essential to your survival and well-being.”
~ Renee Trudeau, Nurturing the Soul of Your Family