I have been writing a lot about the need for self-care for some time now. It’s an important part of loving ourselves, as we all know. So, today, I wish to ask you, dear reader, just one question that tells us why self-care is important.
A question that will help us all know (if we answer it truthfully) whether we truly prioritize ourselves, which in turn will tell us if we have, indeed, made self-care a part of our everyday schedules.
I would appreciate it if you share your replies with me because of the bond I have developed with you all over the years. Also, it will help me reflect upon my own ways of self-care and show me where I need to make changes and where I fair well.
So, here goes…
What is that one thing you do just for YOURSELF, each day, every day, without fail? Something you never feel guilty spending time for?
And, what do you do, or how do you feel, on days when you somehow miss doing it?
The second part of my question should reveal how we treat ourselves, especially when we fail to make time for ourselves, so please be honest–with yourself–when you answer this question.
So, beginning with me–well, shouldn’t I be the first one to answer the question and see how well I know why self-care is important?
In answer to the first part:
The one thing I do just for myself each day, every day, is going for my evening walk, come rain or sunshine, even on days when hubby is home in the evenings and suggests watching a movie together. For me, my walk (by myself) is my me-time, and I shall not miss it for anything in the world.
Well, all the stress we deal with everyday is precisely why self-care is important.
And, since the past week now, since hubby gifted me the perfect set of earphones (Ah, how they fit me PERFECTLY!) I play my favorite music when I walk or listen to TED talks. The 45 minutes that I am outdoors are the best 45 minutes of my day!
And, to answer the second part of my query:
On days, when I miss my walk (and those days are few and far between), I feel like I missed out on something supremely important and make sure I walk around at home after dinner. It isn’t the same thing, but it means a lot to me that I walk, move around, for the sake of my body and mind.
No, I do not reprimand myself if I (sometimes) prefer talking with a dear friend over the phone instead of going for my walk, because for me my friends are very precious, so I just tell myself, “Chill, Shilps. It’s perfectly okay if you missed out on your walk. At least you enjoyed an hour of adult human interaction!” I do need that human conversation after chatting with my parrots all day! 😛
So, that’s all! Easy, isn’t it?
Now, it’s your turn. Do leave your replies in the comments section. I would love to hear from you all!