January:The Journey of Self-Care Begins
This month we’ve talked about how to make self-care changes which will stick, and how to appreciate the blessings of everyday life which is self-care in practice. While we’ve heard these ideas before, it’s “doing” them that’s challenging.
To summarize what we’ve said about making self-care part of our daily routine:
- Set small attainable goals, like 15 minutes a day.
- Break the change into smaller steps.
- Make it part of what’s already in the schedule. Mommie Kate had some great advice on this.
- Intend/visualize what we want to happen.
- Don’t become self-critical of missteps. Learn from the experience and try again.
- Have a positive attitude about self-care. Remember it’s a choice.
- Self-care and self-love gives us the energy to love others. As Laura Nash said, “You can’t give what you don’t possess.”
Now, for the big picture. Self-care is not just a set of skills we practice, it’s an attitude for how we view and approach our lives. With all life’s ups and downs, even in a single 24 hours, there’s much to be appreciated. Often it’s in the small things-sunshine, our children’s smiles, flowers budding in spring or a kind word. When we put our attention on life’s abundance, we feel loved and cared for.
Buddha said, “If we could see the miracle of a single flower, our whole life would change.” Embrace this year with wonder and positive intention. Be grateful for all that is and all that is yet to be. Self-care is a path to health, happiness and awakening the soul. Let’s journey well together.