I was enthralled by a NY Times article where employees created a list of self-care practices and diagrams.
Go-to activities ranged from “saying no” and cooking a family spaghetti recipe, to doing karaoke and spending timing alone.
So, what is self-care anyway and why should you care?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, self-care is:
The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.
1.1 The practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
Before you wave this off as fluff or selfish, consider what you’re like when you don’t engage in self-care.
Likely moody, stressed, tired, irritable and perhaps even bloated and holding onto unwanted weight (among other things). Overall, I’m guessing not that fun to be around.
Now consider what you’re like when you regularly prioritize self-care. Relaxed, focused, able to breathe, and better to be around.
Which person do you prefer to be? It’s time to take care of YOU!
If you need a jumpstart check out this list of self-care practices. One person’s delight is another’s displeasure, so I expect some of these will fill you with joy while others will make you throw up in your mouth a little. Have fun with it! Embrace the ones that appeal to you and ignore those that don’t.
- Resign from a board, committee or club that’s bringing you down and serves no value to you
- Go for a walk
- Get a manicure, massage, facial or foot rub
- Work up a sweat
- Learn a new language
- Cook a favorite dish
- Sort fresh laundry – nothing like the smell of warm, clean clothes
- Reorganize your calendar to have some space to take a break
- Window shop
- See friends or a family member
- Write a thank you note to someone
- Buy yourself flowers
- Eat mindfully, without the tv or other distractions. Do the same with a cup of coffee or tea
- Dance like no one’s watching
- Sing out loud
- Read a book or magazine you’ve been meaning to get to
- Address an issue that’s negatively impacting your work
- Go to a movie
- Organize something – your closet, bed stand, shoes, pantry
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Take the scenic route
- Watch the sunrise, or sunset
Circle the ones that work for you and feel free to add your own. Regardless, set aside at least one hour this week and every week going forward to take care of yourself. You likely do so for others, why not you?
During that one hour, shut out all other distractions, and if any one interrupts, just tell them “sorry, can’t right now. I’m self-caring.”
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™
Want to double up on your self-care? Join us for the upcoming Montauk Retreat, 9/14-16. Ocean air. Beach walks. Great food. Meditation. Yoga. Beach fires. Coaching. Aaaaaah.