Self Care

What makes you feel good?

This answer will vary for everyone. I know for me I love deep tissue massages (the last one I had wasn’t great simply because of Covid-19 precautions). I had to stay face down and masked while my breasts filled with milk). Lesson learned: deep tissue massages for me are a no-no while breastfeeding and during the height of a pandemic.

Although I still love deep tissue massages (I even had a pregnancy massage to treat myself) some people do not like to be touched. The very idea of another person other than a significant other touching their body freaks them out. Originally I wanted to share tips about great self care and cite specific things one may participate in for self care. Then I thought of all the things I love that makes me feel good (massages, cooking, watching loc tutorials on YouTube) that would bore some of my nearest and dearest to death, as a matter of fact some of my listed enjoyable activities would be painful for some to engage in!

Therefore, I wanted to encourage you dear reader to be consistent with whatever it is that brings you peace and joy. If that means you’re carving time out of your busy schedule to go shooting at your local gun range, then please do so! If you’re a fan of hot baths while listening to smooth jazz and sipping on a glass of wine, please soak away! If self care for you looks like working on your car, cleaning and decluttering or even going out for a two-step and working up a sweat; Reader: dance away!

The key take away is to be intentional with your time. It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent or not, times are challenging and it’s easier and easier to put one’s own joys on the backburner as other things (and people) take precedence.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our everyday responsibilities we may not even know how to go about proper self care or why it’s so important. Rachel Sharpe’s Declutter the Mind has a great post about self-care with a lengthy list of ways to practice self care. Please feel free to read through her list, out of a 150 ideas there may be one or two that speaks to you.

Please share how you practice self care. Have you been consistent with doing what you love? Have you picked up new activities to engage in that you never thought you would enjoy? Are you lacking in this area and in need to get back to putting yourself back on your to-do list? I am looking forward to reading your responses, blessings.

4 thoughts on “Self Care

  1. I am overdue for a massage and certainly could use one. I haven’t had very many – mostly when I’ve received one as a gift but you inspire me to indulge… no – to take CARE of myself! Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. Self care is very important to me. Occasionally, I find myself telling friends and family, “I gotta do something nice for myself.” This usually is in reference to a nice meal, clothing, vacation, etc. That balance between self care and caring for others can be extremely difficult. It’s so easy to allow the caring for others to supersede your own well being. There has been many instances where I thought to myself, “Well, I’ll get to ME eventually”. However, I’ve adopted a new quote “If I don’t take care of myself, then I can’t take care of anyone else.”

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