Guest Post by Franki Bagdade: Self Care Strategies That Won’t Make You Roll Your Eyes!
From Franki Bagdade, author of I Love My Kids But I Don't Always Like Them.
Taking care of myself, the dreaded "self-care" topic has been on my mind a lot this week. I say dreaded, because if you are anything like me, sometimes when I hear "self-care" I groan. Self-care can feel like another item on my to-do list that I never seem to get to. It can feel like a burden. I believe this is closely connected to my tendency to have "all or nothing thinking." For example, "a productive workout should raise my heart rate and should last at least an hour. I don't have an hour a day to dedicate to that, so I won't work out at all..." This sounds a lot like negative self-talk, doesn't it? I'm guessing if this "find your calm" challenge appealed to you, you may struggle with all or nothing thinking as well or maybe a child in your home or professional role does. So how does this pertain to self-care? Ex. "I don't have time or money to take an hour-long yoga class or get my nails done, so I guess I just won't do something nice for myself. " It's that easy for all or nothing, negative self-talk to get in the way of being nice to ourselves. When we are in a state of heightened anxiety, stress, burn out or overwhelm, being nice to ourselves is more crucial than ever. However, if we are stuck with the line of thinking that being nice to ourselves must include big gestures such as long bubble baths, and shopping sprees out of our grasp we are missing out!
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