Self-Care. What a timely topic, as this year I have declared, to no one but myself – that this is MY year of Self-Love.
I am committed to taking care of ME, my mind, my body, and my spirituality – trust me this was a long time coming, actually 52 years in the making. I have been and continue to be a lot of things for a lot of people – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The difference this year – is everything I give to others, I am now giving to Myself. I can attest, that with this dramatic shift in my thought process – I actually have more energy to give to others.
So you ask, how is that possible – is that not defeating your commitment of Self-Care? Nope. Why?, because giving to others now makes me feel great, because I feel fulfilled myself. Now taking care of others has become a choice, not a duty. Let me also say – the people you love and are doing so much for, notice the difference.
As a caution, My idea of Self-Love will more than likely be dramatically different from anyone else’s – you have to find out what you really need to feel….well to feel your best Self. I will share a few things I have learned in my new journey – and it is only February!
Embrace the Law of Attraction – what you put out into the universe comes back – make sure what you are thinking, and feeling is what you want surrounding yourself. A dear friend gave me this gift of Self-Love Thinking. I now practice gratitude everyday, and thanks to Pinterest, have a jar on my dresser that I write a kindness or event that I am grateful for each week – so at the end of the year – I see all the good in 2017. What a great way to start 2018.
Stress Less – How?, Breath. I enrolled in a beginner’s Yoga Class when I found myself at work one day, gasping for a breath at my desk….I truly forgot to breath – wake-up call. Now thanks to a wonderful yogi Amanda Tripp, at Yoga By Sarah, I am mindful of my body and what it is telling me, I feel the effects of the yoga postures and I have the breathing techniques to calm myself in times of stress. She has taught us that yoga extends beyond the classroom, so I continue to grow through the practice of yoga.
Enjoy Food Again – I was not eating for optimal health, and in fact was feeling the effects mentally and physically. So in January, I joined Weight Watchers and can now say, I am enjoying food again. Eating healthy provides me with the fuel to do all the things I want. With this program I eat what I want, and it truly helps me look at myself…Beyond the Scale. Fitting in so nicely with my year of Self-Love – our group leader Sue Smiley is awesome!
Move It, Move It – Literally, and figuratively I had to move more! Yoga helps, now I am walking which I find helps clear my mind as well – there are so many great nature trails in Niagara – I want to explore them all over this next year! I have signed up for the 150 Participation in celebration of Canada’s 150th year and look forward to checking off a few new activities.
Something Old / Something New – As I look to expand my activities, I have tried an introduction to Ariel Yoga, Suspension Training – learning I don’t like hanging upside down, and I am not ready for training of any kind. I also learned to knit, thanks to my very patient Mom. I have returned to embracing my curly hair (thanks Barb and Kaitlyn) – it is after all who I am. I look forward to experimenting with cooking food that is edible and putting paint brush and canvas again, something I haven’t done since high school.
Spend Time with Family & Friends – Lastly, but most importantly, I plan to take all the energy I get from loving and taking care of myself and share it, by spending time with my family and my friends. All of whom have always felt I was worth investing time in taking care of myself – the difference is this year I feel it too! Here’s to a year of family game nights, movies, hikes, girl’s nights and quiet evenings at home with the fur-baby!
If you take anything from my journey – I would hope it is that YOU need to practice Self-Love everyday – in the ways that are unique to you and that will help you feel fulfilled. YOU are WORTH It. And then I hope that feeling of love goes beyond yourself – to your family, friends, community, and beyond! I think we can all use a focus on LOVE this year, Namaste.