I don’t know about you, but I am glad that 2020 is over. As with every new year, I try my best to continue the good habits established in the previous year or years before and then maybe add one or two new ones. Not resolutions that sound good on day one, but fade into the sunset by week four. These are nuggets of gold that should be a part of anyone’s daily routine.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “Self-care” is just an excuse to spend money on the things you wouldn’t normally spend money on due to budget or it’s deemed discretionary. Let me clarify, self-care, is the time you spend, whether it’s ten minutes or an hour doing the thing or things that will nurture you, yes you, physically, emotionally and spiritually with intention. Intention is key.
With intention, how do you plan to care for you in 2021? Here are a few ideas or tips that you may find helpful.
1. Rise up early to spend time in prayer or meditation. Praying early in the morning gives you an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God and to set your intentions for the day.
2. Get your body moving. Exercising first thing in the morning, has so many health producing benefits and it clears your mind for your day ahead.
3. Get in your in home sauna. If a full size sauna isn’t in the budget, there are some great sauna blankets that are just as effective for a fraction of the price. Here is the link to the one that I purchased recently. https://sweatandglowsauna.com/products/us-plug I try to use it after my workouts for muscle recovery, continued fat burning and detox.
4. Keep a gratitude journal. Make a point of writing down all of your blessings. It’s a great way to acknowledge that there is more good in your life than bad and it helps you to prioritize what is really important in life.
5. Prepare most of your meals at home. It may sound counterintuitive that I would add this to self care, but it really is important. Preparing your own food, is an act of love. You’re going to be more intentional and careful about what you put in your body when you prepare it in your own kitchen.
6. Set aside time to tap into your creative side. You might be surprised by your hidden talents. I know I was when I started making jewelry a couple of years ago.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Taking time to feed our bodies and souls regularly, prepares us in so many ways for what’s next; but it also manifests itself in being fully engaged in your own life as well as in the lives of those you love and love you in return.
What do you do to fill your cup?