Radical Self-Care

One of the benefits of a weekly yoga class (versus only practicing privately at home) is that it gives me new poses to play with during the week. As I was practicing at home yesterday, I realized that some of the poses I really need to incorporate right now just weren’t working for me during my early morning practice- my body wasn’t ready to move that way yet. I realized that in order to really get what I need from my practice, I would need to add a second practice later in the day. My first thought was an inner wail’ “When am I going to find the time for that?!?”. Fortunately, it was followed quickly with the resolution that I could make the time.

Now, if I were reading this piece written by someone else, right about now I’d be thinking, “How nice for you. But I’m an entrepreneur, I can’t make that kind of time in my schedule. I have way too much to do.” Here’s where I’d like to share my radical idea with my readers.

What if I made the time by making self-care my first priority? What if I don’t answer that email right away and go for a 20 minute walk in my neighborhood instead? What if I don’t vacuum my apartment today and do that second yoga practice? What if I turn the t.v. off 30 minutes early and do a guided meditation instead? What if I join 750words and just write for 15 minutes?

Those are the things I changed yesterday and today in order to put my self-care first. You know what? The world didn’t end. I didn’t have to close my business overnight because I put off that email for 30 minutes. Vermin didn’t infest my apartment. Instead, I got a pretty decent night’s sleep and felt better prepared for my day today. Plus, I was inspired to write this blog post.

I’m writing all of this as a wellness provider, and also as someone who suffers from chronic, lifelong pain. I get massage and acupuncture regularly, and they have been incredibly helpful in getting my pain levels better under control. But they still aren’t enough. This kind of pain doesn’t go away on its own, or by magic, it isn’t just some isolated feeling happening in a vacuum. It’s a message that I need to take the best care of myself that I possibly can.

My purpose in writing this post is twofold. First, I want to hold myself accountable to following this new resolution. Second, I hope that it will resonate with some of you, and inspire you to prioritize your own self-care. I’d love to hear how you are taking care of your own wellness, or about some of the obstacles you face. We can help inspire each other!

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