In this week’s post we are going to get real about self-care.
I am going to talk about what self-care really is and how you can elevate your routine without spending tons of time or money.
First, let’s talk about what is self-care, anyway?
Self-care is any thought or action that deeply nourishes you and results in increased energy.
This can mean many different things to different people.
For some, it might mean a night out with the girls.
For others, it might mean an intense spin class.
Or curling up with a good book in a bubble bath.
And yet for others it might mean getting into a state of flow on a project for work that you’re passionate about.
All of these, despite their seeming diversity, can nourish and energize and thereby feel like self-care.
But none of it is actually self-care if it isn’t attached to kindness.
Being kind to yourself is the truest form of self-care in existence.
Without self-kindness your self-care will fall flat, leaving you feeling unfulfilled and frustrated.
But when you learn to be kind to yourself, your self-care routines take on a whole other level.
If you’re familiar with my work you know that your thoughts create your feelings which create your actions which create your results.
When we invest in self-care actions without first caring for our thoughts, we miss the opportunity to completely elevate our experience.
Once your thoughts about yourself become kind, you can’t help but engage in self-care all the time.
When you have kind thoughts about yourself you will take better care of your self-- you will take yourself on walks, feed yourself healthy and nourishing food, engage in inspiring and nurturing relationships, and love yourself and others endlessly.
You can elevate your self-care right the minute.
When you find yourself falling into old habits of self-criticism, be gentle with yourself and guide your mind back to kindness by asking:
What’s the matter, love?
And give yourself the respect of listening to the answer that comes from within.
So go take good care of yourself.
You deserve it.
Lia Pinelli is a weight loss coach and educator who helps women put an end to emotional overeating and lose weight, permanently.