Life is a magnificent journey! Each morning when I awaken I love taking time to gather my thoughts. I spend a few minutes in grateful solitude for the blessings in my life. This is time that I spend meditating on all that is wonderful about my life. I am grateful for my health, my family relationships, my friends, the success of my business and my ability to support others to reach the same success I am experiencing.
I have a mantra I use every morning that I gleaned from reading The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, PhD. It goes like this “I expand in abundance, success and love everyday, as I inspire others around me to do the same.” I speak it out loud or quietly to myself. My energy may be soft, firm, strong, assertive–high, low, or in-between. By allowing my energetic state to inform the way I speak my mantra I am acknowledging how I am feeling at that moment. The benefit of spending time in meditation and self-reflection has been one of the most important things I do for myself on a daily basis. It takes me 2 or 3 minutes to do this and then I can move into my day in a supported manner, knowing that I’m ready for whatever the day holds.
I’ve come to understand that taking time for reflection, assessment, and personal care is an important part of my routine. Included in this daily routine is the physical self-care I do by applying my essential oils every morning and every evening. What I have discovered is that when I open those amazing little bottles of oil and apply them to my body I actually experience self-love and self-acceptance. These are two things that I have found very hard to accomplish over the years. So, not only am I supporting my physical health by essential oil application, I am also supporting my mental and emotional health through this act of self-care.
Do you take a few minutes for yourself at least 3 or 4 days a week? When I was a mother with young children, I would go many days, weeks, even months without any self-care. In those days, I would always put myself last on the list to be given attention. Of course, when our children are young their needs must come at the top of the list. However, it is so important to hold space for ourselves. Finding a creative way to recharge so that we can continue to give to our loved ones is paramount to staying emotionally and physically well.
We must all refuel and take care to do a little something for ourselves at least a few times each week. It might be having a cup of herb tea (organic, of course) while reading a good book. It might be taking a walk by yourself or wearing the baby and taking older kids in strollers or on their bikes so that everyone can get some fresh air and move their bodies a little bit. The possibilities are endless.
The important thing is to remember to take good care of yourself! If you don’t, you won’t be any good to your loved ones. Refuel in the best way for you. Share the way you take care of yourself. Comment here, on our Facebook Page, post a picture of you engaged in your favorite way to do your self-care on Instagram and tag it @wholeisticlife. We can inspire each other to take that much needed time!
With love for life,