Why Do We Avoid Taking Care Of Ourselves?
It has been an insanely busy week. Can you relate? Anyway, last night I went to have a facial--something I probably don't do enough. However, my stress level was an all time high and I felt depleted. So, I decided to indulge, even though I didn't feel like I had enough time to take even an hour or so to recharge.
After showing up, and finally chilling out enough to enjoy it, I'd laid there on the heated table and listened to the meditative music. During the process I kind of drifted off and let the lady do her work. By the time it was over, I was breathing more calmly and I left feeling peaceful, and surprisingly, more energized at the same time. I felt better able to focus and continue my work for the day, which was waiting for me at home.
Why do we put off taking care of ourselves? I suppose it could be the feeling that it's too self-indulgent, we don't have enough time, or maybe we can't justify the expense in the midst of so many other things that need our attention. However, I know that when I do, I feel so much more recharged. That's good for me, yeah. But, it's also good for those for whom I am doing work, and for my family and friends.
When we take care of ourselves--whether that means taking the time to prepare and/or eat food that nourishes us, getting a bit of exercise, spending some time in nature doing something you love, taking time to meditate or have a massage--we are better able to care for those in our lives. You may have heard that when you're in a plane, if the oxygen masks come down, put yours on FIRST. That way you're able to help others when needed. If you can't "breathe," how can you help others to do so?
I want to encourage you to take some time this weekend and on a more regular basis to engage in a bit of self-care--whatever that looks like for you, whether you're a man or woman, young or older. You deserve it, and those around you do, too.