I am in Arizona this week for my son’s baseball tournament! I’m still blown away that he has the opportunity to do these types of things! At 10 years old no less!! We had an amazing day yesterday visiting both the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals spring training facilities! Here is a pic of some of the awesomeness, and we’re now gearing up for a fun tournament today and tomorrow for the boys 🙂
I love that Jude is already following his dreams no matter what that looks like at his age 🙂 He has been wanting to do the AZ tournament since he heard about it two years ago! How fun!! Secretly, I think I was equally as excited 🙂 We have the privilege of being amongst some really great parents, who no matter how the boys do ALWAYS show-up and encourage them.
I’ve noticed something really interesting over the last two weeks. I have been doing some intensive work with a private group of women business owners in Canada, and it truly has been an honour to serve them in this capacity. I have encouraged them to dream bigger then they thought possible, and from there we have been looking at what belief systems, relationships and environmental changes they need to have in place to make those dreams happen. While standing in their empowered future as I like to call it, almost every single person said taking care of themselves properly – mentally, physically and spiritually – is what enabled them to be there.
This is also consistent with all of the other business owners I am working with and have worked with.Self-care is legit. Read on to see how you too can make self-care a priority and start fitting it into your life.
When you take care of yourself you have more energy to do what you want in ALL areas of your life, including your work. And your decision making abilities strengthen as a result.
Some examples of self-care are meditation, walks, yoga, hot baths, etc. You can probably see a common theme in those examples. RELAXATION. Basically self-care comes down to doing things that are relaxing, and that by doing them you feel less stressed, more relaxed and happy. They are activities that are just for you, and by adding them to your weekly routine become a part of your being. The type of activity is going to be different for everyone, BUT the results are the same. By taking this time for you, you have an enhanced life that is joyful and peaceful. Of course you are still going to have your up’s AND down’s, but by taking this time for yourself the “down’s” will occur less frequently and won’t seem as bad as they did in the first place. It’s all about having that “glass half-full” mentality versus “glass half-empty”. When you are happy and relaxed, everything in your life will seem better (and it will be).
Another great perk that comes with taking care of you, is that your decision making will change. If you are happy and less stressed, your decisions will be made from a different place. You will be more confident and make choices that are in line with your dreams and what you want to achieve.
This probably seems hard to believe, especially if you aren’t doing very much (or anything at all), for yourself. Believe me, I used to be standing where you are now not too long ago. BUT once I started to pay attention to myself, everything in my life shifted (for the better). It is now to the point (which you read a little bit about last week), that I now notice how “off” I am if I let my self-care slide. I’m really and truly starting to “get” just how important this really is.
Life can be so wonderful when we just pay attention to our own needs first. Please know that everyone else in your life will benefit from this too – from family to work relationships. Your happy energy will be contagious!
I urge you to try one thing this week just for you. What can you make time for this week? Pay attention to how you feel after wards. A half-hour of relaxation can go a long way…