It’s as though my brain is full, yet my bucket is empty. I feel on-edge, becoming frustrated at little things. And being asked to add one more thing to my already full schedule? Well, it can bring on unreasonable resentment and irritation in addition to the overwhelming feeling of just wanting to cry.
I know when I’ve neglected my own self-care. And as I age, I am becoming aware of what triggers my dismissal of this ever-important (yet, sometimes guilt-ridden) therapy for my overall wellbeing.
Now, I’m ready to let-go of the stigma our culture can often put on relaxation and restoration (due to the thought of these things being ‘less productive’) and incorporate simple, yet effective ways of caring for myself.
Sound familiar, at all?
This honest reflection from one of CNMA’s clients is not uncommon when it comes to putting self-care on hold. Things such as a busy schedule, feelings of guilt, little help or resources, and/or just forgetting about it may keep this key part of our health on a shelf for a rainy day.
But when it rains? It can sometimes feel like it’s pouring.
This is why we are sharing 4 considerations to help you customize your own self-care so that your umbrella is ready for when things get a bit overwhelming.
- What’s Your YOU activity?
Being on the water your “thing”? Love cooking new recipes? Feel most at home on the golf course? Hiking in the mountains your respite?
It’s important to acknowledge what activities you enjoy as they are part of who you are and living an authentic life.
You are more than “just” a parent, an employee, a member, and/or caregiver. There are many things that make you a whole and hobbies, preferences, and experiences are all part of it.
- What’s Your Head Space Time?
Peace and quiet by yourself is something almost all of us can benefit from in order to process our day, experiences, thoughts – and life as a whole.
Think about what this looks like for you. Is it a morning walk around the neighborhood? How about taking a break with an afternoon cup of tea? Or early lights-out for reading and journaling?
Try to find time each day for reflection and rest.
- Who’s In Your Tribe and Can They Help?
Western culture can be known for having to “suck it up” and push through, especially when things are hard; if you’ve ever had trouble asking for help, you may be privy to this concept.
But doing things solely on our own can deplete us even more. Rather than doing things by ourselves all of the time, reach out to those in your “tribe” such as family members, co-workers, neighbors, friends, a religious organization, etc. for aid when you need it.
Soliciting someone’s help is not weak – it can actually take courage so go ahead and be strong by asking!
- Do Hard Things Need to Be Done?
Wait…not all self-care is fun and relaxing? Unfortunately, not (although, it’s all subjective!).
Sometimes, making our self a priority can mean addressing issues that need attention.
Not sleeping very well even though you’ve tried everything? Haven’t had your yearly check-up in…years? Feeling overwhelming guilt or shame about a family issue?
Taking care of yourself can mean investing in your health (mentally, physically, and spiritually) and that can come with dealing with unpleasant things in order to feel better.
Have any of these questions resonated with you?
Have they allowed you to broaden your perspective of self-care?
Do you have new ways to nurture yourself now?
Remember how important it is to fill your bucket and don’t forget to reach out to us for support.
For naturopathic self-care such as acupuncture, massage, cupping, holistic counseling, and supplements, please call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here for a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves or to schedule an appointment with a provider.
The CNMA office provides naturopathic care, testing, massage, and holistic counseling to those in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, and the greater Denver metro area. For those outside of these areas, virtual appointments are available.