A New Way To Think About Self Care

A New Way To Think About Self Care

One of the most beautiful things about the passage of time is that it comes with an increased self-awareness. The longer that we are around, the more we learn about ourselves and how we most love to be taken care of. If we pay attention, we can learn a lot about how to create our own self care just from our everyday experiences. 

Self care is a term that has gained a lot of popularity recently. It is often associated with items such as massages, spa days, a fine dining experience, or a nice bottle of wine. I would like to invite you to consider a new way to think about self care. Self care doesn’t need to cost lots of money, or any money at all. Self care is not about keeping up with the Jones. Self care is not what someone else (advertising or the media) tells you will make you feel good. 

Self Care Is All About You!

Now maybe that may seem redundant.  And you would be surprised by how much people make self care about something outside of themselves. Self care is about turning inward and embracing our true nature. It’s about spending time reconnecting with our deepest desires, our inner child, and our spirit. This form of self care allows us to recharge our batteries and to reignite the fire within.

How Do I Get Started Creating My Own Self Care Rituals?

Here are a few thought-provoking questions to consider. The answers to these questions may be activites worth considering as a self care ritual. Try not to filter or judge your thoughts. Allow your imagination to run unencumbered.

  • What did I love to do for hours on end as a child?
  • What activities leave me feeling super energized?
  • Which activities feel totally relaxing and even luxurious while I am doing them?
  • Are there activities that feel light and easy and allow me to enter a flow state?
  • What always brings a smile to my face and warms me up on the inside?
The main idea is that it is about what feels good for you, both in the moment and after. So while indulging in a pint of ice cream might feel good in the moment, it usually doesn’t also feel good after. You get the idea 😉 
 

Marcelle's Self Care Rituals

I can’t determine for you what your self care is going to look like because I am not you. Only you can take the time to turn inward and determine what aligns with your true nature. That being said, I can share some of my self care rituals to help spark your imagination and give you examples of what they might look like for you. Here are some of my favorite self care rituals:

  • 15-30 minutes of yoga first thing in the morning
  • 10 minutes of quiet meditation before starting my day
  • listening to Sean Croxton’s Quote of the Day Show podcast  
  • having a really good laugh
  • taking the time to prepare a meal from scratch 
  • having a truly present and authentic conversation with a loved one
  • soaking in a hot bath or jacuzzi
  • sitting in the sun and feeling the rays warm me from the inside 
  • swimming
  • making music, usually playing my ukulele and singing along
  • going to bed early so I can curl up with a good book
  • taking a midday walk without any electronics
  • daily celery juice in the morning
  • playing a game with friends
  • solving a crossword puzzle, sudoku, or other solitary game
  • dancing and singing along to a great song
  • journaling, especially about my travels

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, I love hearing from you! Spread the Love and share this post with someone!

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Disclaimer: The information in this post is not intended as medical advice, or to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional. Marcelle encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research, and in partnership with your doctor, licensed dietitian, or nutritionist. The information provided in this post and the entire contents of www.marcellephene.com are based upon the opinions of Marcelle Phene and are for general educational purposes, and have not been reviewed nor approved by the FDA. You are solely responsible for your health care and activity choices.

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