How many things have you done for others already today? 5, 10, 20? How many things have you done for yourself? 1? 2 maybe?
Self care is very important. We trend to make sure that everyone else is doing well and has what they need but what about ourselves? We tend to be last on the list. Especially us women, we got it bad. We take care of our family, friends and sometimes co workers before we even stop to realize that we haven’t taken a nice bubble bath in months or gone for a walk without answering phone calls in years.
Many of us have experienced burn out due to lack of self-care. Taking time out for ourselves is essential to living a happy and healthy life. There are many times when I have to force myself to carve out time just for me. Last Tuesday I had a thousand things to do after work, I sat at my desk looking at my calendar on my phone thinking that I haven’t done anything just for me in weeks. So I shut my phone off and went to the movies alone. Those two hours allowed me to do exactly what I wanted to do without thinking about what all I had to do for others. Those two hours set the tone for the rest of my week. That simple self care time brought me joy and peace that allowed me to distress so that I could accomplish what I needed to the rest of the week.
I really believe that self-care is important to God so it should be important to us. God wants us to take out time to do things that bring us joy, things that renews our strength because we can’t help anyone or do what he has called us to do if we are burned out and run down. This week my prayer is that each and every person reading this post will set aside self care time as much as possible. No matter if that’s one hour on the weekend or 30 minutes a day. Below are a few self care tips have a blessed week!
- Get a massage- messages are great especially if you are always tense! Groupon has a lot of good coupons for all kinds of massages.
- Take a bubble bath play some nice music and enjoy the bath
- meditate spend uninterrupted time thinking about good things
- write in a journal write letters to your younger self or to God
- Dance to your favorite song/ sing in the car
- Cook your favorite meal
- Take a walk around the park and enjoy the fresh air