In a busy world with family, friends, and jobs, taking care of yourself can wind up at the very bottom of the list. Or maybe on the outside you do appear to be taking care of yourself, exercising and eating right but inside, your emotions seldom get a second glance.
Sometimes it is all too easy to be a 24/7 caretaker for those around us without setting aside enough time for our own stuff, either physically or emotionally. But that time away mentally or physically actually works to give us the balance that we need to effectively deal with life.
Recently, one busy Mom told me what her commitment to yoga classes did. She said, “Going to yoga, spending time on the mat, and keeping myself together physically and mentally is important for my health. But it also makes me a better mom, a better friend, a better person.” She was right. When you take care of yourself, you have more to give others too.
Another woman found herself at a zero emotional level. “Last year,” she said, “I realized I lived 28 years without knowing what it really means to love and take care of myself. I took wonderful trips—Costa Rica, Bangkok, Taipei—trekking and exploring. My husband and I bought a second home and I decorated it. But I forgot how to take care of my inner world. After neglecting what was really going on in my life, I ended up curled in a ball in our bedroom in pain. But we get second chances. With help I found healing and with new awareness, I made a decision to wake up each day, connecting to who I am—to nurture myself from the inside out, to be with life instead of delaying it—and, in turn, my days started to become good again.”
If you are wondering if you allow enough physical or emotional time for yourself, ask yourself a few questions:
- When was the last time you just chucked everything for a day or an afternoon and headed out to do what you wanted to do?
- What are your favorite things, like early morning walks or how about listening to jazz? Do they happen every day?
- When you wake up, do you have a routine that lets you center yourself establishing a personal focus, or is it just go-go-go right into another day?
- Are you known as the one every one else depends on?
If you can see a few gaps in your self care, there’s no time like the present to change things around. Pursue what you know is missing, in inner space and reflection, or actual time away from the house or the job, as you spend time on a mat or in the park. Make it happen and watch it take shape and become a habit. At the same time you will feel the difference, effective self care really does generate the ability to laugh, and reflect. It truly makes us more effective in every aspect of our lives.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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