Self Care is truly the first step in health care. You need to invest in yourself every single day with small yet smart choices. Self Care is literally just that…taking care of yourself.
Self Care encompasses eating well, exercising, choosing what to put in or on my body, sleep and/or rest, and down time. With making those choices each day, I had to let go of the guilt that came with prioritizing me. I chose to put myself above my husband, my kids, and my job in order to make sure that I was the best wife, mom, chiropractor and entrepreneur I could be.
Think about this. When on an airplane, the flight attendants point out that in case of emergency, affix your own oxygen mask before helping with the oxygen masks of those around you. The same goes for your life in general. You need to take care of yourself first and foremost.
Here was my experience. It was something I’ve had to learn to do. I had to give myself permission to do put myself first. It started with me looking at my day and seeing where I could carve out time for just me. I started going to bed earlier so that I could wake up earlier. Those first couple of hours in the day, when my home is quiet, gave me the time and space to do what was important to me that day.
- go for a walk
- be still
And then from there, I chose to clean up my life in little areas. In small, manageable steps that didn’t overwhelm me and yet gave me a sense of accomplishment for conquering them. And here’s the thing – I’m still learning and growing in this area of my life. I read more, learn from what I thought would work but didn’t, and choose to educate myself on how to improve my healthstyle and consequently, my lifestyle.