SELF-CARE IS NOT SELFISH

You've probably heard the saying a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.  I love this saying... and enjoy a relaxing self-care Sunday!  But I haven't always followed this motto.  

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Two years ago I severely injured my tibia and talus in a waterski crash.  I spent the next three months on crutches watching from the sidelines.  During this time I managed to get addicted to playing Candy Crush and spent an obnoxious amount of time on the arm bike. ugh. What can I say, it was a rough 3 months. hahaha    

I try to learn from all life's challenges.  After reflecting on the day I crashed, and the weeks leading up to my injury I realized I was stressed, not sleeping well, and trying to please everyone around me.  I didn't realize how tired I actually was.  This is the moment I knew something had to change. 

Being your own boss is great and has lots of perks.  You get to work from home and set your own schedule, but I needed to set routines and boundaries for myself to follow. 

I had to stop glorifying being busy and take better care of myself.  I needed to find some work-life BALANCE. 

While this is not a new concept, it is sometimes easy to overlook.  Of course, I eat, bathe, and workout.  But I mean really stop and take time for yourself.  Each month the calendar can fill up fast with work commitments, appointments, and social events that we forget to take care of the most important person... ourselves.  At times I thought this was a selfish act but its quite the opposite. I've come to realize that the more I take care of my mind, body, and soul the more I am able to love and give to others.  

As I look at my weekly schedule, I choose one day a week... usually, Sunday's  where I devote the day to doing things that recharge me.  When I take the time to do this, I wake up the next day radiating positive vibes! 

These are my favorite things to do to recharge, add clarity and fuel my mind, body and soulโ€ฆ

Yoga 

Meditate

Read

Float on my pool flamingo. 

Make a tropical drink - I instantly feel like I am on vacay : )

Coffee, lunch, or phone date with a friend

Go for brunch 

An activity outside in nature - surf, run on the beach, paddle board, hiking, biking 

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These are things that work for me, take time to find what will work for you!  Every "body" is different, respect yourโ€™s and treat yourself to some self-care.  Everyone deserves some "me" time.  So put down your phone, forget about all your obligations, and do what just feels right. You will know itโ€™s for you when you feel calm, clear and energized from the activity.