The notion of Self-Care is just another way of saying you are taking care of your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional needs. What is the cost of neglecting self care? Well, it could be very detrimental to your relationships and can even impact your health. As you will discover in today’s video, neglecting self-care can also impact how we raise our children. We want to bring up a generation of children who have more compassion, acceptance, and love towards each other.
Yes, she had held her family together, but at what cost to herself.
― Lisa See, On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
I thought this quote was fitting for today’s post about self-care. Doing things that help you thrive is essential. That may look different for each of us. For me, having a plan on my “day-off” helps me feel calmer.
A plan is what; a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done. – Peter Turla
In our Dressed to impress episode of Jubilee Road Podcast, I said for me “going to the doctor” didn’t count as self-care. When I went back to edit that video I realized that was a silly thing to say. What I meant was that I LIKE to do fun stuff on my self-care day.
However, going to the doctor (without kids!) can be a form of self-care! We’ve talked so much about this topic, instead of repeating myself, I will refer you to some of our old materials. (See the list at the bottom of this post!)
Keep this in mind: savvy women plan some me-time – no it’s not selfish. You CAN love God, love people, and still, take time for yourself.
What I love to do when I take a day to myself:
Going to the Library is on my list because it’s so quiet there. For mom’s “quiet places” are golden!
I like to go to a coffee shop; on my day off, sometimes I’ll visit several. Maybe I will even stay until lunchtime. After that, I’ll grab some healthy lunch at a local mom-n-pop health shop or farm to table cafe or have lunch with a friend.
Another great treat is to go to a juice bar and grab a green juice then hit the greenways or hike a nature trail.
Everyone can benefit from taking a day to practice self-care, but some people in particular that came to my mind were teachers, moms, caregivers, nurses, and others whose job requires a lot of giving of yourself. (If I missed your occupation – gimme a shout, and I’ll add you to this list!)
David Essel, M. S. O.M., is a number one best-selling author, counselor, master life coach, international speaker and minister whose mission is to positively affect 2 million people or more every day, in every area of life, regardless of their current circumstances. Celebrity Jenny McCarthy says “David Essel is the new leader of the positive thinking movement.”
Here’s the video version of A Healthy Bite podcast, which will air on Wednesday. David has some very motivating things to say, and y’all, he has beautiful skin! Apparently, he has done two things since 1980 to keep it looking so good – he does let me in on his secret at the end of the video!
This episode is also available on all podcast players such as Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify and more, so search for A Healthy Bite! It would mean the world to me if you took the time to rate and review this podcast!
Lisa See: On Gold Mountain (quote at top of post)