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Like eating an elephant, approach self-care one "bite at a time"



I often hear that people find it difficult to find time for self-care. I have said it before but it is worth repeating, if you don't find time for wellness, you will have to find time for illness. So maybe if you take small steps first, often one positive change leads to another and another. Some "Small Bite" ideas:


Start the Day with a Thought of gratitude. Once we become conscience in the morning, our minds start lamenting about the past and anticipating the future. Take a deep breath in through your nose, out through your nose, and bring to mind something you are grateful for.


Take a Break. Eat lunch and not in front of your computer. Sit with your food. Appreciate the nourishment it gives you. Enjoy the smell, the taste. When you finish your meal, take a walk, call a friend, read, anything that brings you joy but take your whole break.


Take Another Break. If you find yourself overwhelmed, feeling stressed, or maybe tired during the day, take time to address it. Practice pranayama (conscience breathing), some gentle stretching, or a short meditation.


Spend Time in Nature. Go outside. Listen to the sounds, smell the smells, and feel the sun or rain on your face. Nature has an amazing power to help us heal.


Spend Time with Like-Minded People. Maybe it is a book club. Maybe a professional group sharing ideas. Maybe something else. Feeling a part of a community is important to "filling our cups".


Give to Causes that are Important to You. Whether you give money or give your time, regardless of the amount, giving helps us to understand that we can make a difference.


When Considering a Fitness Activity, DO SOMETHING YOU FIND ENJOYABLE!

If it's drudgery we won't make time to do it. We will only make excuses. If we enjoy it, we look forward to it! Enough Said!


Pick one, or two of the above and PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR. Give your well-being at least as much importance as a Zoom meeting with your boss, or driving your kids to soccer. Now create a ritual of abiding by your schedule. Before you know it, the activity will just be a part of your life. Then add another!


Lastly, Get Help When You Need it. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. Seek out your support circle or a professional and know it is the right thing to do.


You may find that after time a new activity simply becomes part of your life and you are ready to add another or exchange it for something new. If I can offer any assistance in identifying some techniques mentioned here, or if you would like to see other topics, feel free to use the links here to communicate with me.


Happy Holidays!











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