It's Sunday, for the traditional Christian, today is supposed to be a day of rest; yet you're up at 7AM to get ready for church, your stressing out because you forgot that it was Potluck Sunday, and you've scheduled a family dinner for that evening and that includes your very critical mother-in-law and her yippy little cocker spaniel.... yeah.... Sunday a day of rest... haha.
Self care.... it's your time now. Take the day off...Trust me, the world is not going to unravel if you don't go to church, if you don't bring your crockpot of BBQ meatballs to the potluck, cancel your plans. This is my back yard... pretty much, the American River. My self care regimen includes a stroll down the the river banks, just to sit and listen. Just to be. No loud music playing, no noisy neighbors, nothing but me and the coastline. Yeah, it all sounds kind of selfish, escaping.
But self-care is a necessity in life. Yet we are so busy trying to be on top of things, trying to people please, live up to unreal expectations.... we are swimming in stress on a daily basis... BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO!
Self-care means that you take care of you. Turn off your cell phone. Turn off your TV (the news will stress you out). And just be.... and take care of you. Take a nap. Make yourself a nutritious smoothie, tune out and read a favorite book....
These are my top six.
Avoid negative thinking, stay away from negative people and detox your spiritual side as well during your day of self-care. Think about the people in your life and who builds you up, and who takes you down on a daily basis.... then cut ties with the ones who break you down. You deserve to be built up, you deserve to be happy, you deserve to be spiritually nourished. Think about your faith journey. Are you being fed spiritually, if not, then you need to find a place that does.
Time is precious...and so are you...