“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete” -- Buddha
Hey 2017, way to roar in like a lion. It has been a wild ride so far, and we’re only a month in! Sure, there have been some devastating blows already. But what I am seeing, at least within my community, is a real momentum to come together and bravely work on making the world a stronger, more inclusive and more caring place.
My goal this year is to continue to share what I can to help people find a little bit more peace, love, strength or softness within themselves to take on the challenges they face as an individual, and we all face together as a community. Afterall, how we treat others is a direct reflection of how we treat ourselves. So what better way to help others than by first helping ourselves and taking time for self-care activities?
Self care involves identifying your own needs (be it, maintain or improve physical health, decrease stress, increase relaxation or better deal with challenging emotional situations) and making time to address those needs. There are so many great ways that you can practice self care. For instance:
- Spend time in nature by going for a walk through a park, forest, beach or mountain and pause. Expand your senses and take in all of your surroundings -- see, touch, smell, listen to all that exists in nature
- Make time for quiet, contemplative activities like reading or writing, preferably without distraction (that means paper-based, so you’re not distracted by pop-up ads, finicky technology or disruptive sounds)
- Switch off from your devices (phone, computer, TVs, radios), especially in the hour(s) before bed and when you first wake up.
- Treat yo’ self! That might mean taking yourself out to your favourite coffee shop, spa, or store and mindfully indulging on something you want.
- Exercise your physical body with activities you enjoy to get your blood pumping and your limbs moving. This of course includes yoga!
Your yoga practice can be especially helpful in promoting self-care and self-love. Yoga helps promote positive body image by teaching you to appreciate your body and its abilities. Yoga promotes a healthier physical lifestyle by improving your mobility and reducing stress, enabling you to move about your day more easily. It also creates a calmer mind, which encourages a more mindful way of living and leading you further on your path to self-love. And of course, it opens your heart by leading you to connect with your intuition and establishing a deeper connection to, and appreciation of, your inner self.
I’m kicking off a self-care challenge for the month of February where you can explore self care and self love through yoga. Check out my latest instagram post to learn more about how to enter!
Self-care manifests in many ways. I encourage you to explore what it is you need and find ways to address those needs from a place of kindness and compassion. If you are looking for some guidance on what that means for you, please feel free to contact me.