What is Self Aware Care?
As women, we love to talk about our health, our bodies, what’s working, what’s not. I hear ya.
We all have our own personal definition of “self-care” but, I wanted to offer some common themes that have come up for myself and other women to help define it a bit more.
1) Self-care is more than just going to the spa or getting a massage once in a while.
2) For many self-care is important because it reflects how we show up for our families, our friends and co-workers.
3) Self-care includes our self-talk, our nourishment, our physical, spiritual, and emotional health. It’s the whole picture.
There are lots of things that we can “do” like exercise, eat well, meditate, etc, but for me it goes deeper. I see three guiding principals for self-care that focus on
Awareness. Accountability. Action.
• Being conscious of your daily decisions and how they impact your health
• Getting clear on what gives you clarity, vitality, and energy and what does not
• More intention, more intuition.
• Continually learning and adjusting.
• Feeling empowered to make choices that support your health.
• Taking 100% responsibility for your choices and not blaming others.
• Understanding that how you feel, affects how you treat others.
• Being curious and open to try new things.
• Having a vision and goals to be clear on how you want to show up in life.
• Being less reactive and more pro-active.
• Taking one step, when two steps feel like too much. You keep moving forward.
The key is that you are open to learning what fuels and motivates you! How much sleep do you need do you don’t need caffeine to prop you up? What foods cause cravings - what foods do you crave? How can you plan ahead to eat more real and less processed food?
What worked one year ago, may not work now. Your body is continually changing.
Your mindset unlocks our potential. If you don’t think you have time for exercise, you won’t, if you aren’t open to trying new foods, then why should you?
It’s not about perfection! It’s about figuring out what fuels you and motivates you and makes you feel good each day. Incremental steps keep help you keep calibrating what works for you and what’ doesn’t! A little less sugar each day add up to a lot less sugar over your lifetime. A little more exercise brings a little more strength and vitality to your day. A little more clarity helps you be more conscious about your choices. Don’t fall into the all or nothing mentality.
I love this analogy I hear from a friend…our life is like a dimmer, our job is to figure out how can we turn up the brightness each day!
What are some of your daily self-care practices? How do you define self-care?