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Déja Vu: On Self Care

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Do you neglect yourself?  That’s not unusual in these fast-paced modern times.  The multiplicity of life demands may overwhelm you and leave little – if any – time for self-care.

But unless you crack the self-care code soon, you’ll burn yourself out.  Then it’s very difficult to regain your good health again.

Need a kickstart?  This week, I’ve gathered three of my earliest articles on self-care for just that purpose.  You’ll find two adorable kittens in the package too.

Intelligent self-care means finding the right balance, which includes caring for yourself, caring for others, and taking care of your work too.

Don’t let guilt get in the way.  When you take time to relax and rejuvenate, you bring more focus and clarity back to whatever else you do.  That means you’ll be more attentive to your children, more tuned in to your relationship, and more productive at work.  All that equals more satisfaction, which is probably what you’re truly dreaming of.

Does the idea of self-care seem impossible?  Then start small.  Begin with just 5 glorious minutes for yourself as you sip and savor an aromatic cup of tea.  When you bring your full attention to the present, a moment can feel like a relaxed eternity.

Begin however you can and fully enjoy any act of self-care no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.  Place one upon the other and soon you will feel more spacious and at ease.

Did you find something helpful in one of these articles?  I would love to hear!


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11 Comments

  1. Jean Sampson

    Hey there, Sandra. I hope you are enjoying your break! I think that I take excellent care of myself, but there is always room for improvement. I know that I do more worrying than is good for me, but I am working on that one with gratitude, remembering that life does support me and that I receive much more than I could ever give. I did sign up for the launch this afternoon (Joy had it on her blog) and am really looking forward to it! Lots of love to you——continue to relax and enjoy! <3

    • Thanks for your good wishes, Jean! Worry is a mind-bender, isn’t it! But overall, you seem to be doing brilliantly and have a great remedy for the worry. I’m always so inspired by your story.

  2. Love that you’re setting a great self-care example with your digital break 🙂 Go Sandra. Self-care is hard for women but not impossible. I’m learning how to practice it and getting better. Now if I could just get rid of the guilt surrounding it I’d be on fire! x A

    • I think it’s much harder when you have kids, Annabel! What you’ve been able to do in the last year is amazing. Yikes, guilt can be a tough one. Good luck with that.

  3. I’ve been traveling for the last couple months, Sandra, and am absolutely proud that I’ve been able to slow down and take life more leisurely. Cat naps in the afternoon everyday, as some take in this part of Asia! Long walks, no cell phone, lots of writing and reading! I haven’t had this much self care and slowing down in my life. this allows us to not only take care of ourselves but realize what really is important in life. There’s always place for a go go go world but is there one for a ‘slow down’ world? I’m finding there is – we just have to seek it and consciously adhere to it. Hope you’re enjoying your digital break:)

    • How inspiring, Vishnu! I’m so happy for you. You are setting a great model for all of us. A good part of the rest of the world works on an entirely different time clock. We could benefit from learning to slow down from these other cultures. As you suggest, this is what I’m seeking and gradually learning how to adhere to it! We’re on the same page!

  4. Dear Sandra,

    Nice post! My comment pertains to the point about not letting guilt get in the way. When we are truly compassionate with ourselves, then we realize that we do not have anything to feel guilty about. 🙂

    With warmth,

    Sean

  5. Hi Sandra,

    I loved reading all the three articles suggested by you here. Thanks for the mention…archives often go into oblivion unless we let me resurface!

    Self-care is so important in this fast paced, competitive world…I learnt that quite late in life but now I have all the time in the world to focus my attention on self-care. My idea of real care for myself is having the leisure to look at the wandering clouds, the smiling flowers, the sprinklers as they throw water around me in glee. The care that makes us feel alive again is what I call self-care.
    Hope you are enjoying your break and taking care of yourself.

    • I love your description of self-care. You’ve named exactly the activities I would love to get lost in, with awareness of course! Thanks for your good wishes.

  6. Thanks for the reminder that we should all be taking a few minutes out of our day to make sure we do self care on ourself. I don’t mean self-care in terms of eating healthy and exercising, which is very important, but I mean taking care that our minds our in a positive mindset and not falling into negative thinking. Writing letters to oneself can be a powerful way to change and grow as a person.

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