Life gets busy for everyone. Between work, volunteer, and studies, there’s still the lawn to cut and housework to do. When I get a chance to actually sit and rest, my mind focuses on everything waiting to be done. Something had to change.
Self care isn’t about bubble baths, face masks, and chocolate.
Self care is consciously connecting mind and body.
Three years ago, I did a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. One night a week for 8 weeks, I spent 2-1/2 hours in the program and it was amazing.
So I emailed the facilitator and asked if she had any silent retreats coming up and could I attend? She did, and she signed me up.
One day of not saying a word, of practicing mindfulness, gentle yoga and stretches, and clearing my mind. Focused on how my body felt and consciously relaxing. Controlled breathing, calming both mind and body. What an amazing feeling!
The next day I started re-evaluating some new commitments and decided to pass. I feel my energy and creativity increasing.
Self care makes a difference.