Taking time to care for and nurture yourself is an important aspect of maintaining health, happiness, and balance. Unfortunately, in our fast-paced society, it is often one of the first things that becomes neglected. We say things like “I have too much work to do” and end up having our time usurped by emails, text messages, preparing meals, and so on. Yet maintaining adequate self-cafe can ensure you have the energy and focus to do the tasks you wish to complete and prevents the feelings of burnout, overwhelm and exhaustion.
I try to encourage all of my patients to spend a minimum of 15-30 minutes a day doing something purely for themselves. Setting an intention that this task is “for me” is also key and sets the tone of your activity. Your self-care activity need not be something expensive; it can be as basic as just sipping a cup of your favourite tea, listening to relaxing music, sitting outside, going for a walk, or reading a book. Just something that creates a sense of calmness and relaxation. Get comfortable with making this an important part of your day and refuse to answer your cell phone or emails during this time and let others know that you will be available to them later. By nourishing yourself first, you will be less stressed, in a better mood, and better able to give to others without developing feelings of resentment.
So what are you waiting for? Go and do something for yourself… NOW!