Self-care Isn’t Selfish
“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first” – Anon.
It can be hard to find time in your busy schedule for self-care. I totally get it.
Priorities such as work and family can make a regular commitment to self-care seemingly impossible. But carving a small amount of time in your day to pay attention to yourself is so beneficial.
So what is self-care?
Self-care is different for everyone but essentially it is focusing on the areas of your life that need attention and undertaking regular activities that support you.
It may not always be the same area of focus. You may start a self-care routine with a focus on fitness. So daily walking becomes your self-care routine. Then once walking is a part of your daily routine, you may switch focus to calming the mind and meditation becomes part of your self-care practice.
My self-care practice is such an important part of my day. I start my practice at 5.30am. I understand this time of day is not for everyone! Yogis refer to the early hours of the morning before sunrise, as the ambrosial hours – the best time of the day for deep conscious breathing, meditation and yoga.
When I first started my self-care routine, meditation was my focus. I was stressed out and wanted alone time to focus on my breath, cultivate more presence, and to bring me back to my body. Overtime my self-care practice has grown to include Ayurvedic practices like tongue scraping and abhyanga. I continue to practice meditation and breathwork daily, as I have experienced the unquestionable benefits of both.
Self-care is self-love
Another way to look at daily self-care is an act of self-love. Self-care is not selfish, rather its an act of looking after yourself. And if your cup is full you have more support and love to give others.
By doing a regular self-care practice, you are prioritising to get to know yourself and what’s current, be it emotional, physical or spiritual. By allowing yourself the time and space to practice self-care, you are cultivating time to do what’s important to you and supports your wellbeing. This will create a ripple effect. Your loved ones will benefit, and you will begin to create positive change in your life.
Suggestions on how to get started and stay consistent with your self-care practice.
Bringing our bodies back in to homeostasis and committing to our own wellness, is key to a lasting vibrant health and happiness.
Reduce your stress and make your health and wellbeing a priority.