Self-care for me comes for me in daily habits, inside and out. Inside, I make a habit of nurturing my body with proper minerals and vitamins, eating organic as much as possible and balancing my intake of sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
Spiritually, I make a habit of meditating, chanting, journaling and praying.
Outside, I love to hike or have a seat and read a book. I make a regular practice of indulging with baths (not just on special occasions for relaxation) full of Epsom salt and my favorite bath oils and bath bombs.
I wasn’t always interested in self-care. Although I’ve always been girly girl, I was also a party girl. I often overdid it, and it nearly shut down my immune system. A lot of the things I ate and drank, and even my cosmetics were basically ‘poison’ if you really looked at the ingredients. I never thought about self-care until I got older, and realized that the party can happen any day, but health and self-love needs to happen NOW. I’m so thankful that I’m aware, that I love myself much more than I did when I was younger, and that I’m so much more conscious of what I put in and on my body.
My personal journey to self-care started when I was about 33 years old. I’d changed my job by getting out of the bar scene, and became a manager at a health spa. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I made for myself. My eyes really opened and I became aware of my body and how I felt after certain things. Six years later, I have a much firmer grasp on how to be responsible for this body I’m in. I’ve manage to strike a balance with myself to enjoy all aspects of my life. I choose when I’m going to drink and eat french fries. I choose not to absolutely cut things out, but I’m fully aware of how and when I choose to do it.
Self-care can sometimes take a lot of my energy (in terms of me consciously deciding what to do and when to do it). But look at everything I do in terms of self-care as an investment to attract healthier and happier things into my life. For example, my beauty products might cost more than something full of chemicals at a retail chain… but I see it as an investment in myself. I need me. The world needs me (happy and healthy) and that keeps me motivated.
Everyday, I remind myself that I matter by chanting. It helps raise my vibration, so I’m mindful to do it daily. Sometimes I’m having a hard day, and chanting helps bring me back to center… to my higher self. I also find self-care and self worth in reaching out and helping others. So many people in my life have helped me, and I’m always looking to pay it forward. And helping others doesn’t even mean that I have to go out of my way to do something earth-moving for them. Uplifting others is so simple. Saying ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes, holding a door, offering a smile or a greeting can change everything. Gifting someone with something I love is also so fulfilling. If something makes me feel amazing, I am quick to share it with others so that they can feel amazing too.
The treasure is always closer than we think. It’s inside of us, and when we are good to ourselves it shines through to the outside.