Loving Oneself to Better Love Others
Chiropractic is truly centered around love and care, and as a part of this profession, we often put ourselves aside and become immersed in service. People are naturally attracted to our giving and loving personalities and we thrive when serving others. But at what point do we stop and take a moment to serve ourselves? This week we will dive into the world of self-care and how we can take time to support ourselves, in order to continue to support others for years to come.
What is self-care? One of many possible ways to look at self-care is that it stems from a deep connection to oneself and knowing how to love and serve yourself. How well do you know yourself and your needs? Do you take a moment each evening to assess how the events of your day affected you? Taking time each day to get to know yourself is the first step in personalizing self-care to fit your needs and lifestyle.
Everyone finds joy in their own unique ways. For me, crafting is the perfect getaway. Every weekend, I look forward to taking a couple of hours to work on a fun new project while playing some relaxing music or catching up on a television show. It allows me time to do something for myself, while keeping my mind from wandering and thinking about what the week ahead has in store. It keeps me present in the moment instead of jumping ahead to events I do not yet have control over. What brings you joy? How do you allow yourself to unwind after a stressful week?
In between my weekend crafting sessions, the week’s events can often cause major stress to set in. For this reason, I have found it important to take a few minutes each day to put my stressors down on paper. I have found journaling to be very helpful in releasing tension and to avoid holding on to and ruminating on events which cause stress in my life. I have also found it beneficial to take a few minutes to practice deep breathing, make gratitude lists, and chat with trusted friends and loved ones.
The best part about exploring self-care is that the perfect regimen is unique to you. Experimenting with what helps you reduce stress and bring yourself joy should be fun! The most important thing to remember is that it is always okay to reach out and ask for help. Knowing yourself means knowing your limits and not stretching yourself too thin.
Let’s take this week to get to know ourselves on a deeper level and start to incorporate a little “me time” into each day. Please share your thoughts and ideas on how we can all add some self-care into our busy lives!
Until next time, enjoy the ride!
Vicki at The Legendary Chiropractor