What is that exactly? I’ve been asking my patients recently what they believe they do for self-care and most of them answer that they eat a healthy diet and exercise. This is basic self-care for good health and well-being. But, this isn’t what I mean. In the big scheme of your life and goals, these basics are not going to propel us into the people that we are ultimately wanting to be.

What is self-care?

Self-care contains practices that help us to maintain a healthy, balanced, centered and grounded existence. Because of theses practices, you are able to maintain stability through all of life’s ups and downs. It is a commitment to staying on your path, being influenced by your standards of integrity, and making spaciousness in your life for joy, love, laughter and accomplishing your life purpose. Sounds pretty good! It seems that the older we get the more tools and techniques we need to accomplish this state of peace that I’m speaking of.

What do I do for self-care?

In my life, I find that as I get older and have more responsibilities and life demands I need more time for self-care, not less – which is what we usually end up doing. I need a lot of different kinds of ways to express and release and most importantly, feel joy.

  • One of my favorite things to do is dance. I dance by myself and in community.
  • I also play guitar and piano, sing and write songs.
  • Nature is required. I go for long hikes, walks on the beach and swim in the ocean.
  • I sit with friends and share stories about my life while listening to their journey and we cry and laugh together.
  • I receive many forms of healing modalities: naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, massage, energy work, contrast hydrotherapy, and shamanic healing.
  • And, most importantly, I have quality alone time, meditating, praying, journaling and visioning goals for all aspects of my life.

What do you do to feel a deep sense of self-care?

What comforts you and helps you to remember why you are here and what your life purpose is? What do you feel you need to do but just keep putting at the bottom of your list because other things are seemingly more important?

Here’s my challenge:

Start a new type of self-care today and see what it opens up to you and how it may bring joy into your heart. Take the time to nourish yourself and watch as it expands out into everything you do. We sometimes believe that we don’t have the time to slow down and do that one thing that brings us joy.

The truth…

We can’t afford to not do it. Those moments are what changes everything from chaotic to peaceful and brings the clarity of our life’s vision into focus. Self-care is a necessity. It is time to put it as a priority, not an option.