Self Care is a practice I have come to take seriously for one reason: Whenever something in my life is going wrong, or I'm not handling something well, or things just appear to be going generally nutso, my self care has almost always slipped.
In my case it will be either that I'm not doing what I know nourishes me, or I'm doing it, but only half-heartedly.
When I say 'self care' I mean more than physical exercise. I mean my own daily commitment to sit quietly, to read, to get in touch with what I'm grateful for and at the moment, to also do one of the daily lessons from A Course in MIracles.
I do physical exercise too, and yes, if that slips my mind gets a bit duller, and I feel tired and lackluster. Exercise is great, all forms, strenuous and gentle... I've come to appreciate the need for excellent care and feeding of the body!
At the same time, if physical exercise is my only form of self care, I find it's not enough. I need a spiritual nourishment and a mental resting place each day.
So as James Taylor sings:
"If you're down
and you need some love and care
nothing is going right
close your eyes..."
...and think of your self care.
More on this with some exercises you might try the Tips and Ideas section and in particular this article on Mindfully Living
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