If the world's current climate is teaching us anything, it is the value of taking care of ourselves even during difficult times. Whether you are deciding how to head back to normality after the outbreak or processing mixed emotions with the murder of George Floyd, taking the time to care for yourself could be just what the doctor ordered. Above all things, keeping your mind and body balanced while navigating this ever-changing landscape is vital to your overall health. As we prepare for our collective yoga at the historic Beltline in Atlanta this Saturday, here are 4 reasons to consider making self-care a lifestyle.
Give Yourself Permission
You don't need permission to be great! Not now. Not ever. Too often, dreams are locked in the minds of those looking for someone other than themselves to sign off on their worthiness. Honey, don't let that be you. Stop hiding your gifts and talents in the shadows and give yourself permission to make them shine!
Take Responsibility for Your Happiness
Here's the harsh truth, if you're unhappy, it's time to make a change. If you want to create the life that you desire, you need to take responsibility, like right now! That requires you to take immediate inventory on what makes you happy, what goals you would like to achieve, and what steps are necessary to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
Fill Your Cup
Step on any flight, and the first thing they'll tell you is, "Put your air mask on first before you try to help your neighbor." This instruction can be applied to our everyday lives as well. Far too often, we believe that it's a sign of strength that we appear to be able to juggle everyone else's needs and wants; meanwhile, in our own lives, we're struggling just to stay above water. Yes, it's commendable to want to help our loved ones out, but not at the expense of ourselves. Think about it like this, what good could you really offer the world if you are not living to your fullest potential?
Not Selfish, Self-Full
Again, it's your life, and making yourself a priority is not negotiable. Some of us should have doctorate degrees to master the balancing act of dealing with the demands of work commitments and family responsibilities with a smile. Still, we all know it can definitely be overwhelming and requires us to take time to recoup. Mastering the balancing act amidst dealing with the demands placed on you between work commitments and family responsibilities can definitely be overwhelming and requires us to recoup. Even when guilt tries to creep in your mind, making you feel like self-care is selfish, remember that it's not, and you're worthy of taking the time out to take care of you.
Rosettes, how are you caring for yourself these days? Baths? Journaling? Cooking? Praying? Whatever you choose to fuel your happiness, now it is perfect to put yourself first and create the life you want to live.