Ah! Take a deep break of that almost-Spring air.
I originally wanted to write this yesterday, first day of March, and all that. However, I took my own advice and practiced self care as I wallowed on the couch while watching Black Sails and dealing with a migraine and a sore muscle in my neck. Sometimes, you’ve just got to accept that your plans for the day aren’t going to work out and the only thing you can do to salvage it is to take care of yourself.
Taking care of yourself as productivity – that used to be a novel concept for me.
Taking a sick day when I’m not sick but I need a break, having a lazy day where all I do is Netflix binge, sleeping all day because my body needs it – all of these things used to be excuses to call myself lazy and to be disappointed in my lack of productivity. Not anymore. I realize that day of rest has a ripple effect and allows me to function for the rest of the week or the rest of the month. It helps manage my depression and anxiety. It helps lower my stress levels. It keeps me from creative burn-out.
Non-productivity is productive self care.
Today, I want you to take a step back, and give yourself a little check-up by checking in.
Try to greet each day this month with this question:
How can I practice self care today?
And then do that thing.
The first of every month is a great time to create an intention for the next 30 days of taking care of yourself.
How is your body feeling right now?
Analyze what your body needs right now to function better. A hot bath, massage, rest, exercise, stretches, yoga, good food? Check-in with your physical needs and then take a few moments today to take care of them.
What’s upsetting you?
Don’t avoid those things that are getting under your skin. If something is bothering you, give it your attention – deal with it. Come up with a plan to take care of what’s worrying you.
How can you be more honest about what you need?
Let go of something that no longer fits or invite something into your life that you finally feel ready for. Be honest about your needs and wants right now.
How can you more deeply connect with yourself?
Spend time with yourself doing something that you love.
What’s one action you can take to better care of yourself?
Just one right now, something that you can do today. What is it?
Take the time to answer these questions and adjust yourself accordingly. Taking care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically, is what life is all about. Don’t neglect yourself. Love yourself.