How To Approach Self-Care

 

10 tips on how to find your 'sweet spot' for self-care


One of the top trends this year is self-care. If you look at self-care products to buy this holiday season, you'll find an emphasis on warm baths with soothing bath salts, plushy towels and silky lotions. 

Calming apps and food and fitness training gadgets are everywhere. Self-care books, journals and affirmation card decks as well, but have you done the work to know what you need to focus on to truly be well?

You should carve out a couple of quiet hours, with no distractions, to evaluate what you need most, and answer the following questions:

  1. What is most important to me? Identifying your values helps you decide how to best spend your energy.

  2. What makes me strong?

  3. Who am I at my best? 

  4. What has derailed me? What historically depletes me physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually? What do I need less of in each of those areas?

  5. What has worked in the past to help me get to my best self? What typically recharges me physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually? What do I need more of in each area?

Understand that none of this can be accomplished overnight. It's not a huge overhaul that feels daunting to begin with. Your brain is too good at resisting massive changes. It's just starting to recognize how you can spend energy in ways that will improve your well-being.

This week you start by just drinking some more water and going to bed 10 minutes earlier or other little things that aren't going to trigger your resistance. 

Remember, self-care is not selfish. It's not self-centered. Self-care is leadership. It's actually your responsibility to take care of the body, mind and spirit that you've been given. This is how you can thrive and contribute. 

Covid has done a masterful job of shedding light on every vulnerability we have. All the regular things that we are supposed to be keeping track of are now more difficult, and it's made us vulnerable. We've been forced to rethink what matters.

There has been so much for us to cope with, and it can easily be too much to handle. There are lots of resources out there, many of them free. There are people to talk over your feelings with, and there's absolutely no shame in doing that.

You're a human who's grieving and exhausted. It's time to give ourselves a huge hug and meet this uncertainty, exhaustion, burnout and frustration with some patience. Allow disappointment to be processed with some compassion and kindness.


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