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Build Self-Care Into Your Day

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Anyone reading my blogs recently will have realised that I have become slightly obsessed by time management. Like everyone out there I have commitments that can take over my life if I let them; however to do them to the best of my ability I NEED to take care of myself. The non-negotiable areas of self care need to nourish me mentally, physically and spiritually.
1.Meditate for minimum of 30 minutes per day: I have recently split my meditations into morning and evening blocks. Meditation helps me with both physical and mental stress. In short, meditation keeps me sane.
2.Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes per day: This is a no brainer for me, I love to exercise. Trust me sometimes when I'm training hard, I don't necessarily feel like that but I always feel better afterwards. I love those endorphins! Everything from Aerobics to Zumba, I keep my exercise regime as varied as possible. The problem I had was fitting exercise in with my schedule, so I made myself a flexible exercise schedule. It takes the pressure off, but seriously I need to apply it better; another learning curve but I need to make this work for me.
3.Nourish my spirit for 30 minutes per day: What inspires feelings of love, peace and joy for me? I love to tend to my garden, journaling, listen to music, sew, embroider and read. When life is going full pelt, these are the things that get pushed out. I need to sort this out, I need to look after my psyche as well as I have started to look after my body.

I managed to halve the batch cooking time this week, far less tiring and far more organised. I am glad I have started to sit down with journals again (I had four new untouched journals). It's so much more pleasurable than sitting at my PC, somehow the whole process is more organic and spontaneous. It has left me feeling inspired.

May you all have a stimulating and supported Sunday. Let's do this!
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    Self care is important--you have set good goals.
    1542 days ago
    Good reminder about self care. Thanks.
    1546 days ago
  • CARROT143
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great goals - I need to meditate more, it really does help me as well. Last night I wrote in my journal for 1st time in 10 days...that is also a habit I don't want to give up. Love reading your blog...its like you are a sister from another mister!
    1550 days ago
    Yes. Don't skimp on the self care. Glad to see you adding these into your goals. I'm taking a day of self care today. A little extra sleep, morning meditation and a morning run. I cooled down from the run with extra yoga, and after a shower an extra set of meditation (metta bhavana). I did my batch cooking -- I made a full recipe -- for lunches next week. Last to-do item on my list is to read. Wishing you positive experiences and happiness.
    1555 days ago
    Busy people and especially busy moms tend to feel so guilty about taking needed downtime! I used to, especially when the kids were little and I was home with them all day. It just felt like there was always something else to do and I gave up a lot of the things I had been used to doing for myself. Then I realized that my DH was doing no such thing and (partly out of anger, initially) I decided that if he could keep doing things that he liked, then so could I. So, I went back to playing video games for fun and haven't looked back. It's sometimes the best part of my day, even when everything else is stressful and obligatory.
    1555 days ago
    Taking time for yourself is so important!
    1555 days ago
  • SUE0318
    Making goals is one way to help you stay on track. Making sure to take care of all parts of you is so important. You are on the right track! 👏
    1555 days ago
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