Taking Care of Yourself

Taking Care of Yourself

September 08, 2015
by Peg Rowe | no comments

Taking Care of Yourself

Well-being includes taking care of yourself, making yourself a priority, and nourishing yourself. Sounds good, right? Surprisingly, this is more challenging that it seems.

Here’s what I know about myself…when my schedule gets busy, I feel overwhelmed or I’m rushing from one thing to the next, the first thing to go are my nourishing practices, the things I do to take care of myself. Why? Because taking care of myself takes precious time. When I’m pressured, with lots going on, I prioritize my well-being at the bottom of the list.

I know that feeling good actually helps me to be effective. When I pause and remember this, then I can take a few minutes to engage in a nourishing practice that will renew my energy, shift my focus and leave me feeling good.

I’ve started a list of 5 minute nourishing practices guaranteed to enhance my mood and energize me. Here’s my list:

  • Go for a walk in my yard
  • Listen to inspiring music
  • Get a cup of tea
  • Do heart breathing
  • Dance to upbeat music
  • Google “babies laughing” and watch a short video of a laughing baby
  • Get up and move or stretch
  • Lie down and shut my eyes
  • Eat a piece of fruit, savoring each bite
  • Listen to a short visualization
  • Light a candle, watch it glow and enjoy the scent

Having a list to choose from works for me, different practices appeal at different times. The key is to interrupt the rush, take 5 minutes and take care of my own well-being. When I nourish myself, life is more enjoyable.

What are your 5 minute nourishing practices? What difference does it make when you take time to nourish yourself? How does it feel to make yourself a priority?

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