Taking Care of Yourself, It’s Important!
I was THRILLED to be asked to participate in “The Declaration of You” blog lovin’ tour. The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, with readers getting all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! This post is part of The Declaration of You’s Blog Lovin’ Tour, which I’m thrilled to participate in alongside over 100 other creative bloggers, I am contributing in the Self Care week about taking care of yourself.
Each week has a theme and the theme I was given to write about was… SELF CARE. Oops! Yep, that’s right, the thing I am the WORST about- taking care of myself. I could have written an epistle about some of the other topics, like: enthusiasm, success, uniquity, celebration- but I got self care!
So, I thought, what better way to REALLY start doing all those things I have talked about, thought about, and wanted to do to start taking care of myself. So here goes!
Taking care of yourself is the MOST important thing to do and the one thing that I know so many of us DON’T do. If you don’t take care of yourself, then you won’t be able to take care of your family, your friends, your customers, or anything else. I know when I have put myself on the back burner and don’t take care of ME, my art suffers, I don’t make enough time for my husband, my friends, my kids and everything gets out of whack.
Usually something steps in to get me back on track, because I am so bad about doing it for myself. A couple of years ago, I was working way too hard, doing nothing else but working and I got mono- at age 54! Boy, was that a wake up call that I needed to slow down. At that point I had no choice, I could hardly get off the sofa. I slept for almost two weeks and for about four more weeks I barely did anything. When I finally did feel better I was renewed and ready to go, but not at the pace I had been going. You get over the really bad part of mono after about 5 weeks, but the residual effects last much, much longer. I don’t want to do that again!
Taking Care of Yourself the fun way!
I think writing this blog post was another one of those ways that “something stepped in”, to get me back on track. I have been at it again, working too hard, spreading myself too thin. So in getting ready to write this I knew I needed a way to KEEP myself on track and to help others do the same. So, this is what I came up with: The Take Care of Yourself Idea Jar.
I made a bunch of little notes out of some paper I had been playing on in my studio. I wrote things on them that really pertain to me. Like, “Eat Lunch” because I frequently get so busy I forget and then just grab some crackers or something when I am starving and running on empty. And of course- “Take a shower and DON’T put those yoga pants back on”, because I am a threat to just grab the same yoga pants and slide them on for “one more day” when I am super busy.
You can make your own out of post-it’s, scrap pieces of paper, whatever, but write down all those things that you “forget” to do pertaining to taking care of yourself! If you want something more colorful and don’t paint, you can always print out digital paper or use scrapbook paper to write on.
Thankfully, I had already made an appointment to get my hair trimmed because I am having to use bobby pins to keep my bangs out of my eyes, but thought this would be a good one to add for the future, even if it just reminds me to make that appointment!
Taking Care of Yourself Note Jar
I found an old jar and put them all in it. You may want to fold yours so you can’t see what they say- no cheating! I put it by my coffee maker so that EVERY morning I can grab one out while I am waiting for my coffee. Most of the things I wrote down don’t take long, but could make a BIG difference in my day. Be realistic when making your notes, don’t write down things that you know you won’t do. Remember this is to HELP you take better care of yourself, not frustrate you.
Put your jar somewhere that you will see if first thing in the morning. By your toothbrush, your coffee maker, your underwear drawer- anywhere that you will be sure to see it first thing that day. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do it one day or two days, just try it, I think it will make it much easier to remember to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST! Because YOU are important and most of all… YOU DESERVE IT!!!
Let me know in the comments what YOU do to take care of yourself!!! I would LOVE to know!
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