It is so important to look after ourselves. Many of us are ‘givers’ and ‘carers’ rather than ‘takers’ from life. We put ourselves so far down the list we may not get around to our own needs at all. We may be looking after our families, our partners, our parents, our friends, and somewhere we can get lost in the middle of all this.
I have recently been reminded of just how much I take for granted, and put off for another day. Becoming aware of the need to stretch, to move, to ease my aches and pains, I will sometimes just soldier on with the demands of the day, putting off what I need to do until later – or maybe tomorrow; sometimes even until next week. By the time that need is calling even louder – perhaps with a muscle that just needed a little attention and is now in spasm, or with a migraine that I could have avoided had I listened to the earlier need for rest – it really is time to pay attention.
Going through a period of ill-health can be so enlightening. It can remind us of how important it is to take care of, and nurture ourselves. Yes, others may be calling us more loudly, but we are equally important. It’s not selfishness. After all, you getting sick is in no-one’s best interests. I have been reminded in recent months of the very nurturing quality of the work I do, but which I hadn’t been making enough use of for myself. Having all the tools at my disposal, but not always the time, I have now been forced to make the time, to take time out for me. I have been reminded again just how amazing the Dru yoga sequences can be for shifting my energy, for making me feel better and more myself – especially when done so much more regularly. I have sought out reflexology treatments for myself with other therapists, and I have been giving myself time to apply Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments (almost) every day. I have made time for daily meditation by getting up earlier, and am practising more pranayama than at any time since becoming a mother. And I honestly don’t think it’s only me that has noticed the difference. I am calmer, more focused, much happier than I was before. And that has got to be better for everyone!
I’d love to hear how you make time for yourself, and what makes you feel better. Leave your comments below!