For a long time growing up, the concept of self-care seemed selfish and vain. Self-care might seem selfish, but that could not be further from the truth. Once I got a little bit older, I realized that self-care is not selfish but is indeed necessary. When you take care of yourself in the present moment, you lessen the possibilities of illness and medical complications. Not only do you have these future benefits, but you also can enjoy good health and well being in the present time.
Changes in life can shift a person’s self care routine. There are many people that don’t even have any sort of self-care routine. If you are one of these people, I implore you to find multiple ways to honor yourself in mind, body, spirit, and soul. Next, use a combination of these ways on a daily basis. For me, this honoring takes place by spending time in nature, practicing yoga, spending time in meditation, and giving myself Reiki.
With all the changes that came from new parenthood, I was not making enough time on a daily basis for my own self care. When I could spare a moment, I prayed a lot. When I would breastfeed the baby, I channeled reiki to myself, my baby, and my husband. When my baby would fall asleep on me, I would meditate. Since my husband and I were still just figuring things out, I wanted more uninterrupted sleep more than any other self-care practice. Fortunately, as I am learning and experiencing more of parenthood, I am able to make more time for self-care.
Getting outside is a great form of self-care. This Monday my mother stopped by and we took the baby for a walk around the neighborhood. Getting outdoors and spending time with my mom was great. She asked if I had been keeping up on practicing yoga. I honestly replied, “No, I am still trying to get things figured out, but I would like to.” I knew The Holy Spirit or Universe (whatever you want to call it), was speaking through her urging me to take better and more consistent care of myself. She commented saying she has seen what a positive change yoga has made in my life especially my flexibility. She urged me to make the time to continue my practice and even added she would like to take up yoga herself. It is great when your own self-care routine can inspire others!
Self-care is vital to maintain inner peace… or at least work towards inner peace. When you take the time to care for yourself, you can be a better friend, significant other, and family member. How do you care for yourself? One of my other self-care practices is writing. I have had to be creative to make time for writing. I have composed this blog post on my smartphone while under a sleeping baby. People tell me just to put the baby down when he sleeps, but today it would not work. If I have learned on thing in life, it is that flexibility is the key to making the most out of the present moment. How can you incorporate self-care into your day?
Eva Borho, M.A., L.M.T., Intuitive Author, Holy Fire Reiki Master, Spiritual Coach and Teacher