We often resist practicing self-care for many reasons. Perhaps it feels self-indulgent, like we haven’t “earned” it. Perhaps all the other tasks on our list are given greater priority. Perhaps there is a discomfort in setting aside our usual distractions and facing ourselves.
In truth, self-care is not necessarily luxurious or even relaxing. It is maintenance. Self-care includes cultivating healthy patterns of eating, sleeping, exercising, resting, and recharging, along with skillfully managing thoughts, emotions, and social support. The work of self-care is a 24/7 job that requires a sustained alignment with your sense of center, your boundaries, and your values. When we live our self-care, we are continually rejuvenated, with more energy and presence to handle everyone and everything else.
In mindful presence,
And then I learned the spiritual journey had nothing to do with being nice. It is about being real, authentic. Having boundaries. Honoring my space first, others second. And in this space of self-care being nice just happened, it flowed not motivated by fear but by love. ―Michelle Olak
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yin Yoga, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.