06 Sep You Are Worth It.
As women, we tend to give love easier than we accept love. Some may say it is because we are conditioned to provide love and support to our families, friends or anyone else in our care without expecting much in return.
When we are consistently caring for others, we tend to put our own needs on the back burner or wait until our to-do list is complete. But let’s get real. The to-do list is never ending. There will always be housework, laundry, grocery shopping or dishes to be done.
It’s important for our well being to take time for personal self-care. Some would consider a haircut, massage or a night out self-care, but admittingly very few of us are doing something every day that provides care to our well-being. Caring for yourself shouldn’t be a weekly or monthly “treat,” but rather it should be a daily routine that provides you with fulfilling and long-lasting benefits. So, this month I encourage women to love, care and appreciate ourselves to enhance our well-being.
One of our biggest challenges is finding the time in our schedules to incorporate a self-care routine. That’s why it is important to create a self-care plan that is realistic and attainable each and every day. As challenging as it may seem, I recommend starting your morning off one hour earlier. Before your busy day starts, take this hour to establish a self-care routine that is non-negotiable – an hour without any distractions of technology, children and to-do lists.
During your hour of self-care, I encourage you to follow the 20/20/20 planning rule. This will allow you to cover all aspects of your well being.
20 minutes of nourishing the mind
20 minutes of nourishing the body
20 minutes of nourishing the soul ___________
1 hour of self- care
Ways to nourish your mind:
- Listen to soft music
Ways to nourish your body:
- Drink warm lemon water
- Move your body by exercising (yoga, cycling, weight training, pilates)
- Promote lymph draining by dry brushing your body or jade rolling your face
Ways to nourish your soul
- Do something you really love
- Review your goals and intentions
- Listen to a podcast
- Connect with an old friend
- Take a morning bath
By nourishing your mind, body and soul, you will see a reduction of stress, improved mood, increase in energy and a better over-all attitude. Put yourself first this month and make time to do things that nourish your mind, body and soul. Make sure that the activities you choose to practice are for you and you only. For at least one hour of your day, do things not out of obligation or demand, but rather to enhance your wellbeing.
You deserve at least one hour of your day to connect with yourself. You are worth it.
Need a bit of extra support to establish or follow your self-care plan?
The Wellness Collective offers its members education, community and support. Membership even includes admission to upcoming seminar LOVE YOUR SKIN on February 27th! You won’t want to miss it! RHN Marissa Laughlin