This time of year, there’s lots of talk about what’s good for us. We discuss gym memberships and healthy eating and taking vitamins. But what we’re trying to get at, underneath the lofty resolutions and the grand promises, is self-care. So how do you take care of yourself? And how well did you do it in 2014? Did you listen to your intuition? Did you respect your own boundaries? Did you make space for yourself in the day to day? Did you meditate or pray or open up to friends? Were you kind to your body? Were you gentle with yourself?
Self-care is incredibly important and it is so often the first thing that we let slide. For 2015, below your oath to quit smoking and your vow to call your grandparents, add self-care. Your self-care won’t be the same every week, or even everyday. Sometimes it will be a yoga class, sometimes it will be therapy, sometimes it will simply be eating three square meals a day. Self-care begs you to ask the question “what do I need to be my best self today/in this moment?”. And then, it boldly demands that you follow through and give yourself that thing. It’s not always easy and there are often a million excuses on hand (“I don’t have time”, “I can’t afford it”, “I have to take care of X or Y before myself”). But you must choose to take care of yourself. Only then can you be of service to those around you.
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”
– Parker Palmer