When the topic of self-care is brought up, do your thoughts automatically turn to things like watching your favourite TV show, surfing the internet or indulgent beauty routines? Today I’m going to talk about a different kind of self-care, the practices that we don’t spend nearly enough time on, where you take time out to nourish and nurture your body and soul.
If you asked me a year ago what my self-care practice was, it would look vastly different to what it does today. To be completely honest, I spent zero time investing in my emotional and spiritual health. I thought being ‘healthy’ was all about the food you put in your body and clocking up another run on run keeper and never even considered that there may be more to it than that.
Getting up close and personal with your spiritual side may sound a bit woo-woo but really, it’s not. The truth is you’re already spiritual, you may just not have been fully conscious of it before. It’s all about learning how to let go of the constant chatter in your mind, which is your ego talking, and instead focusing your energy on the core essence of you; your spirit, and then allowing this force to help guide you and decisions you make.
You know when people speak of having a ‘gut feeling’ about something and simply ‘knowing’ that it feels right without having any logical reasoning to back it up? This is the core of you, your intuition; your spirit. Letting yourself surrender to this voice inside of you is where your innermost truth lies.
The trouble is, when we are being drowned out by the voice of logic and reason in our mind (our ego) all the time, it is often hard to hear that inner voice inside of us. I consciously chose to ignore the subtle tugs on my heart for a long, long time, because my ego, AKA my voice of reason, was far too overpowering and had control over everything I did in my life.
Committing to a regular practice of self-care and creating a space each day dedicated to nourishing and nurturing your soul will allow you to clear your mind, rest + restore your body and bring inner harmony to your spirit.
Ask yourself: what feels good for your body, for your soul?
This may be taking a warm bath, practicing yoga or meditation, journaling, reading or going for a long walk. It is time for you to reconnect with you and simply, be.
We are taught to ‘work hard, play hard’ and that there is ‘no pain, no gain’ but continuing down this path will ultimately leave you feeling disconnected from your true self and will lead to experiencing feelings of emptiness that are hard to escape from.
Once you start making time for regular self-care, your body will start to become aware of its intrinsic value and you will find yourself more and more being able to make decisions based on what your true needs are, rather than being swayed by other people + things going on in your external world. Pay close attention to the signs, they are there, its just about opening yourself up to be receptive of them and letting them serve as a guide for you.
This week, consciously choose to be kind and loving towards yourself. Honour your body and your soul and witness the magic unfolding in your life as you begin to live a life that is authentically you.