What is self-care?
Self-care is looking after yourself so you have enough physical and emotional energy for yourself and others.
1. Take a 30 minute lunch break.
If you work in an office have a 30 minute break away from your desk. During your break savour your lunch. This exercise helps to be become more present and aware of the food you’re consuming.
2. Spend time in nature.
A few days each week walk or ride along bike tracks.
As you walk, a little more challenging if you choose to ride, listen to the sounds around you. The sound of birds chirping makes you feel happier and brings you to the present moment.
3. On your way to and from work or school take a moment to look at the trees and sky.
This also helps to bring you to the present moment and distracts you from your mental “to do list”.
A Reiki Level One course student shared an excellent daily practice. She made time to look at the first star that appeared each night – a beautiful way to honour dusk and embrace evening.
4. While seated at work or at home create a bell reminding you to check your posture.
Check to see:
a) Are both of your sitting bones connected to the seat beneath you?
b) Are both of your feet firmly planted on the floor?
c) Are your collar bones gently widened?
This seated posture helps you to work effectively and productively.
5. Be gentle with yourself.
When you experience challenging thoughts and emotions acknowledge them and then letting them go. Receiving or learning self-Reiki helps you do this because Reiki brings to more to the present moment so you dwell less on the past and aren’t overly attached to future outcomes.
6. Spend time away from electronic devices such as your computer, iPad and phone.
These devices drain your energy or vital ki.
a) Store your mobile phone outside your bedroom. If you need to keep it in your bedroom turn it off before you sleep.
b) Have days that are completely mobile phone free. Leave your phone at home when you go out with friends or go shopping.
7. Incorporate warm foods into your diet
Primarily during winter, but throughout other seasons as well, incorporate warm foods into your diet. This aids digestion and increases your energy levels because your system doesn’t need to overwork to convert food into energy. Soups are ideal.
8. Practice saying “No, I’m sorry I can’t do that at the moment”
Having boundaries professionally and personally helps to maintain your health and wellbeing. Self- care is an ongoing practice for natural givers. If you notice yourself experiencing fatigue due to over giving gently pull back and begin to put more energy back into you.
9. Allocate time for activities that make you feel good.
This allows you to access your true nature that is peaceful, grounded and happy. You may like to make time for:
a) activities with loved ones
c) creating or viewing art
d) watching uplifting movies
e) walks in nature
f) other activities you enjoy
10. Get adequate rest
Aiming for 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night helps to restore your energy. We need more rest in the cooler months and less rest in the warmer months.
I first heard the term “self-care” in 2006. I wanted add to expand my knowledge of holistic health practices so I enrolled in a Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies.
I’m grateful that during my training I learnt about managing diet, breath and lifestyle to create greater holistic health. I still incorporate these teachings into my life. I also share them with those I see during treatments and in courses.
Ongoing self-care is a practice for natural givers. I experience and see imbalances such as depleted energy levels, anxiety, stress, mild depression, illness and injury occur in myself and those I am privileged to serve when sound self-care practices aren’t implemented.