What have you done for yourself today?

 Unwrap some self-care this Christmas

 Unwrap some self-care this Christmas

Studies show that taking time for self-care can improve our moods, our relationships, our careers, our bodies and our minds. And yet we (women especially) tend to put other's needs before our own. We've all heard the "put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others" analogy, and it makes sense, so why don't we follow good advice when we hear it?
Don't be too hard yourself, we usually make such decisions based on socialization and not by conscious choice. We are brought up to believe that taking time for ourselves is selfish. We must make sacrifices for our families, our careers, our.... wait a minute... didn't I just say that taking time for self-care would improve our relationships and our careers? Yep. Sure did. 
Our families and friends are our most important relationships, so when we choose to run ourselves ragged in service to the imaginary superhero model, we sell them (and ourselves) short! Be honest, are you a "better" friend, mom, or partner when you are tired, cranky, and stressed?
How does self-care affect our careers? One simple example is that when you are well rested, well fed, and calm, you think more clearly and are better able to problem solve, be efficient and effective. 
What about our health? I know you aren't surprised to hear that lowering stress and getting enough physical exercise reduces your risk for more diseases than I can list!
The trick is to remove self-care from your "should" list and place it firmly on your "hot damn! I get to do this" list. 
Yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety; it's a fantastic way to get your body moving, building both strength and flexibility; it can help you learn to cultivate balance in your life, both physically and mentally. I sincerely hope that you decide to join me on January 9th for the Peace Monkey Yoga - Deepen Your Practice - 6 week New Year's Challenge. But don't make the good choice to add a consistent yoga practice to your life and then relegate it to something else that you "should" do.
So, how do you move something from the "should" list to the "hot damn" list? You give yourself permission. You write yourself a permission slip, just like in school, that gives you complete and total license to put yourself at the top of your own priority list. Instead of doing what feeds you if you have time, you schedule the time and the other "shoulds" take a backseat! 
This radical choice to take care of yourself just might be the best Christmas present you've ever received!

Share this with someone you would like to see put self care at the top of their priority list!

Share this with someone you would like to see put self care at the top of their priority list!