Self care is important, but it also feels like a buzz word these days. We all need to do it because if we don't we end up depleted and potentially agitated, frustrated and unable to give to the people we care about.
Self care looks different for everyone. It can mean stopping and sitting still and having a cup of tea or simply sleeping or resting, truly resting. Sure a massage, facial, bath, getting your nails done is self care, but it can be so much more.
In my case journaling, reading, patting almost every dog I encounter, gardening, swimming, paddling is a form self care. Time simply sitting and listening to the birds, interacting with nature, taking a beat to take an extra deep breathe, meditating. Eating truly nourishing food and drinking plenty of water. Choosing to wear blue light glasses. Minimising toxic substances in my environments where I can. Bingeing Netflix or similar - I am a total advocate of a good brain off binge session, in moderation. Seeking support from western and complimentary health care professionals, coaches, other wellness professionals and advocates. Most importantly I play. I do something that feels so freaking good even for as short a time as 2 minutes.
Do I do a perfect job with my self care...nope, but every day I check in that I've done something to care for me because if I don't fill my cup I am unable to give my best to my clients.
What are your favourite self care practices?