It seems many people I speak to are so busy these days. People working 6 day weeks with little time for leisure, hobbies or self care. At times, I am definitely guilty of this. However, when we prioritise and allocate just a few minutes each day to self care, it can make such a difference to the quality of each day. The thing is, nourishment comes in many forms; taking a walk in nature, closing your eyes and basking in the warm spring sunshine. Or maybe it’s moving your body (yoga, pilates, strength training, dancing) or just sitting quietly listening to birdsong. When we take just a little time for ourselves, somehow, miraculously time expands and we have more time in our day, not just for ourselves but for the people and animals in our life too.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D, psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and internationally known author and speaker writes, “…when you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life”.
“Take care of you. Everything else can politely wait it’s turn”.
I’ve put together a self care calendar. Some of the ideas are mine and others have been inspired by my peers. My hope is this forms as a reminder of the varied ways we can find nourishment; to carve time out of a busy day and prioritise ourselves. Knowing, that what we give ourselves, serves all those we are in relationship with.
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