What do we mean when we say 'self-care'? I think there are a myriad of definitions these days, but when I speak about self care I am talking about time that you set aside FOR you and the activity you do is determined by you. It is a time that ideally is refreshing and restorative. I think self care looks different for everyone but I thought I would share a few of my ideas here. I mentioned in my previous post that I think it is helpful to find self care 'simple joys' that you can incorporate daily, weekly, monthly and every year.
One of my favorite yearly self-care practices is to gather with other like-minded women who understand the struggles I am experiencing. There is a foster conference in the area called Mosaic and it is a time filled with encouraging messages, music to listen to, time to sit and be quiet, and lots of delicious food/drink. I look forward to that time every year.
On a monthly basis, for me, I look forward to having time to ride my roadbike. I try to do this at least once a month for a long run and I look forward to that time of moving my body, riding by the ocean and talking with a friend. On a weekly basis, I look forward to date nights with Patrick, outings with friends, gathering with our community or dinners around the table. On a daily basis, I enjoy drinking tea, writing for ten minutes or catching up with Patrick at the end of the day.
Perhaps for you it is taking a jog, going on a retreat, buying new clothes, getting a massage, reading a good book, practicing yoga, catching up on blogs/podcasts or cooking a delicious meal. Whatever it is, I'd encourage you to take a moment to see how you can incorporate some self care and/or simple joys into your days, weeks, months and years. It's so very important, for the whole family!