Exercise can seem like a chore or it can be a regular activity that you enjoy.  Choose what you enjoy.  If you like the gym, be sure to mix up your routine periodically for interest and to challenge your body.  I personally do not like a traditional gym, as I have not always had positive experiences in a gym.  I take a brisk walk each day on my lunch hour, I have a stand up desk at work now, and I try to stay as active as possible.  I also try to do some yoga and meditation throughout the week.  You have to find a system that works for you in order to stick with it.  I tried many, many things before I worked into a groove that feels goods for me.  Experiment with different options until you find what works for you.  Mix things up now and again, just for kicks and giggles and don’t forget the self-care and pampering that you deserve.

I am a slightly feminine tomboy, so I enjoy a pedicure and getting my hair done, but I also dig in the dirt, clean and do dishes without gloves on, build things occasionally; in other words, I’m not afraid to get dirty.  I don’t spend hours at the salon each week or hardly ever, but if that is what makes YOU feel pretty, happy, and nourishes you from the inside out, then that is what YOU should do.  Perhaps a massage, an acupuncture session, a chiropractor visit, or a regular appointment with your Health Coach is what you need to get in the groove of self-care. 

Anytime that you spend on you – when you pay attention to what your body is telling you and what it needs, you treat yourself to that nourishing self-love and self-care we all need to enjoy more often.  We are usually too busy taking care of everyone else, but we are better at that job, when we take better care of ourselves, first.

This can come in any form you like, too.  I enjoy my “down time”, when I am not busy “shoulding” on myself about all the things I “should be doing”.  It is good for my mind and my soul to escape from this and reconnect with my inner self.  I also enjoy vacations, retreats, or get-a-ways, where I run away from home for a few days and do whatever *I* like for that whole time.  I disconnect from my regular life and run off to play, or meditate, create art, or write, play and adventure in a new land or explore somewhere entirely new, or somewhere familiar in an entirely new view.  It is important to plan for this time, especially vacations.  Plan, save, ask for the time off from your work if necessary, and do it!!

Take this time to relax, refresh, reflect, release, remember, and rejuvenate your body, your mind, your soul, and place yourself in a better position to love, connect, and share with those close to you.  Being a better human being is contagious, so renew it and share it whenever possible.

Finally, sometimes more far away vacations take us to places where people live very differently than ourselves.  I love exploring neighborhoods in foreign places where the people actually live, rather than just the touristy areas.  This grounds me and reminds me of our connection to all other beings in the world.  I strongly believe we are all connected and we are all one in this Universe.  No matter how we live, how we make a living, or what we have as our possessions, we are all here for some reason, for a purpose unfulfilled.  Self-care can help you to discover what your unfulfilled purpose might be or help you to accomplish it if you know what it is already.

What do you do for self-care?  How to do recharge yourself?  I would love to hear what lifts you up and makes you feel nourished and vibrant.  Please comment and share your self-care techniques.