I teach stress management workshops, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get stressed. In fact, by nature I’m a highly sensitive person so my tendency is to get overwhelmed quite easily. But here’s what I learned.
The goal in life isn’t to live a stress-free existence. It may not even be possible. What we can do is take care of ourselves. And not just by treating ourselves with flowers, sweets and a spa day, but on a regular basis doing things that will lead to our own physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
The goal isn’t perfectionism. The goal is to build a support system so that when our external defenses our down, we still have a strong foundation to work off from.
I know if I don’t practice self-care when things are going well, I can easily seep into a pool of depression or float into an endless state of worry and anxiety when things are tough. This may mean meditating. For example, I’m currently partaking in Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s “Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude,” a free 21-day online meditation practice. It could also mean exploring the benefits of art. I try to make time for activities just for me whether biking or painting, that remind me to stay present and find peace in this moment.
I hope the following top posts will be a wake up call for you to practice self-care. As you’ll read below, this week is all about building a better social support system, letting go of guilt for enjoying your life, preventing your self-worth from getting wrapped up in food, increasing your self-confidence or taking a vacation from social media to reconnect with yourself. Let them inspire you to make time to enjoy, indulge and even savor your life minus the guilt.
Is Self-Care Vital for Family Members of the Mentally Ill?
(Don’t Call Me Crazy) – Self-care is important, but if you’re a caregiver it’s a requirement. Here’s why you should never feel guilty about taking care of yourself.
Are You Too Emotionally Invested?
(Embracing Balance) – Have you ever given too much of yourself to people who have given little or nothing in return? This post will have you re-evaluating your relationships.
Missing in Action or Self-Care?
(The Whole Self) – It’s easy to get swept away in social media. But taking a break from technology can restore our sense of self and reconnect us to what really matters. Here are a few ideas you can try while on your own social media escape.
The Art of Shouting Quietly: What Every Introvert Needs to Know
(Leveraging Adversity) – How do you practice the art of self-confidence and even self-promotion when you’re an introvert in an extrovert’s world? Here’s one resource that may finally free you of your own fears and insecurities.
On Food Choices and “Being Bad”
(Weightless) – You gave into temptation. You indulged in that sugary treat. But here’s why your food choices should not dictate your self-worth.