Today we want to start our Self-Care series. Each Sunday in our newsletter we will talk about a way to take some time to check in with yourself and to get your mind and body ready to start a new week.
This is something we should be doing everyday, but I know that can be much easier said than done. Even with the best of intentions, life can seem to get in the way. If we don't intentionally carve out the time each day in our schedule for even a few minutes of self-care, it can easily go without being done. But what we want to get into the habit of doing, is giving ourselves permission to take care our ourselves. We can't do all that we want to do and give all that we want to give, if we aren't giving ourselves the time, love and appreciation that we need.
For our first Self Care Sunday...
Let's keep it simple. Do a 5 minute meditation.
If you're like me, you have a love/hate relationship with Sundays. It's the end of one week and preparation for the next. Even if you have the day off from work, it can often times not feel like a very relaxing day because you begin thinking of everything you need to do starting Monday morning, so for many of us, it can trigger a sort of anxiety.
Try to take 5 minutes (if you can take longer, that's amazing!) and spend some time alone, in a quiet space and meditate. I know, I know...you may be saying, I can't meditate. Trust me, I always said the same thing. My mind is constantly running, it feels like a web browser with a million tabs open. But what I've learned is, that's ok. Let your mind do what it needs. You'll have thoughts that come to the forefront when you take the time to completely stop. The trick is to just allow it. Don't dwell on those thoughts, let them come and pass. Eventually, if this is something you continue to do, it'll get easier. You eventually will be able to do it for 10 minutes, 20, 30, 1 hour!
This started as something I hated doing, because it felt like I couldn't. But once I let myself do it, let the thoughts have their moment and then let them pass, it became one of my favorite parts of my day. Now I try to do it both in the morning when I wake up before I start my days and then again at night before I go to bed.
So allow yourself 5 minutes...you deserve at least that much.