Why is that typically women of all ages are fantastic at taking care of others? Friends, family, spouses, children, careers and homes...and yet so often we put ourselves last on the list, resulting in physical, mental and emotional exhaustion and an underlying theme of dissatisfaction with life. This has certainly been a pattern in my own life and an ongoing opportunity to refine and reconnect with my authentic, wise woman self in a deeper way.
While working with a client in early January an idea came to me that we could simplify the concept of self care by creating a map or “personal prescription” towards self healing, growth and the transformation into the best version of yourself.
Here is a sample of my own personal map or chart. I have broken down columns for morning and afternoon and then rows for body and then mind/spirit.
I encourage you to create your own guide perhaps starting a bit more generally with your personal list as to avoid “the overwhelm response” aka lack of action and create a manageable system that evolves as you do!
Another way to take care of yourself is to have a greater conservation with yourself that may start as this question:
“Am I fully acknowledging my accomplishments and greatness?”
Include more detailed questions such as:
– How am I acknowledging my successes in personal growth?
– What breakthroughs in personal awareness have I made?
– What opportunities for greater expression of self care are still available to me?
By naming these areas of growth and opportunity through journaling, positive self talk or sharing with a good friend or therapist we experience “receptive integration” to filter change through to the cellular level facilitating the emergence of the next “stepping stone” along our individual path of transformation.
End this moment of self love with your own personal affirmation. Mine is: “I have everything I need within myself to live a vital, joyful and abundant life”