I was waiting for my girls in the café at the dance studio and was asked, “What do you do for self-care?”  To be honest, that question caught me off guard.  I said, “Um, self-care?”  For a moment, I was speechless.  No one has ever asked me that before, nor have I asked myself that question.

What do you do for self-care?

I say it all the time: it’s important to take time for ourselves; however, I give little attention and time to that thought and don’t always fully embrace it.  I easily set boundaries in other areas, so why not for myself?  Sometimes I feel guilty carving out a space in my schedule for myself and other days I meet the needs of others all day long until it’s time to sleep, wake and repeat.  Can anyone relate?

“Self-care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation.”

– Audrey Lourde

After a moment of silence, I responded with “I run”.  Running rejuvenates me!  I value my time spent with friends, catching up over coffee, a day away from the house to volunteer or run errands and attend meetings; however, I consider self-care time to physically, emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually replenish.  What do you do for self-care?

a friendly reminder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m working at scheduling time for myself and it’s starting to become a habit.  It’s not only vital for me; but also, for those around me.  If I neglect myself, I’m left feeling unfulfilled, irritable and burnt-out.  I’m a better mother, wife, friend, leader, student etc. when I care for myself.  Make a promise to yourself to make your well-being a priority!

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

 

2 thoughts on “What do you do for self-care?”

  1. It is so tough to carve out time for yourself! I have to fight the urge to feel guilty about needing a little “me time.”

    We’re blessed with family members who live near us, so the kids sometimes get to have playdates with their grandparents or cousins. Sometimes I will find time in the early hours of the morning, or late at night, to just do something relaxing (an art project, sewing, or something else most usually).

    I’ve also been trying to do 30 min of exercise daily — that usually happens when the kids are awake….so sometimes it gets portioned out into 10 minute spurts throughout the day.

    Visiting from Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up! 🙂

    1. Wow, good for you Betsy! That’s awesome and so inspiring. Great that your family is supportive and live close by – definitely a blessing!!
      Thanks for popping by and sharing 🙂

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