Self-Care! What comes to mind when you hear these two words? There are so many aspects to Self-Care, I'll touch on some that I feel are important.
SACRED SPACE - Whilst I am blessed with a healing space on our block, away from my house, not everyone has the room, but, in lieu of this we can create something just as sacred like an alter to place special items on, including our collections from nature, little statues or candles, oracle cards, gorgeous affirmations, a mirror, the list is endless. A corner of a room where we could place a comfy chair is somewhere we can meditate or write in our journals, read or pick some oracle cards for guidance and also have a few special trinkets and treasures around this space to make it all the more special and unique to you. This could also be somewhere special, a favourite beach, park or garden, time out from our usual routines is so important whether it be 10 minutes, an hour or even a whole day make the most of it and enjoy!
HEALTH - This one covers health on all levels, Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual, if we look after ourselves in this balanced way, well life just seems to flow better, sometimes it can be just one level that is off kilter and it throws our whole system out, its really about recognising where we need to put the healing energy and fine tune things to bring this back into balance. This could be looking at Nutrition, Exercise, having someone to talk to, creating the sacred space I mentioned above to have some much needed quiet time or booking a healing of some sort or even a beautiful spa treatment, there are so many amazing therapists out there if we need help we need to be able to trust our intuition and connect with someone that can help guide us back to the balance we need. Everyone has their own beliefs around whats right and whats not for them and that I honour, as we try different things we have to tap into what resonates with our bodies on all these levels, from having different experiences is where we can discern what is right and what is not for us personally.
BOUNDARIES - Creating healthy boundaries is so important in many ways, one of the most important for me is being able to say no, or being able to make the decision of where we want to be and who we want in our space, lovingly and with out guilt. While it's a wonderful feeling to be able to give on many levels, our time, our space, our services, we do need to be able to recognise when it may be time to say No and take heed of our energetic boundaries. We can over give, sometimes so much that we rob others from important lessons they may need to experience for themselves, if we keep doing things for people or enabling them, how do they learn? Listening to your body or your intuition when it is time to stop or say no or change something is super important. It also works both ways, if we are relying on someone all the time or have an expectation on someone, taking advantage of their time or space, we need to understand its not that these people don't want to help us but we need to learn to respect boundaries and take responsibility as we also have important lessons to learn about ourselves.
So I ask again what comes to mind when you hear these two words Self-Care? Do check in with yourself right now and see if there is something you can do in this very moment that will feed your body, mind or soul and if you would like to add to the above or share any amazing self-care experiences, I would love to hear them.