Self-Care is not a Luxury

Everyone’s life has changed over the past year (plus some months) and no one welcomed this pandemic. The constant unknown and shifting territory affects us all. At this point, many of us are feeling exhausted.

The situation, however challenging, does give us the opportunity to deepen our engagements in habits that make us more resilient to illness and mental decline. 

It is critical to maintain our personal sense of safety and centeredness… to take the time for self-care. Self-care is absolutely not a luxury now. Without self-care we are much more susceptible to being impacted by the sheer volume of fear and exhaustive energies surrounding us.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent reminds us that moving our bodies remains key to mental sharpness and a healthy immune system. Simple, daily, self-care rituals.. a set bed time, meditative time, writing, taking a bath, exercise & movement time.. can make all the difference in our ability to not only navigate transitional times, but thrive in it.

Surrounding ourselves with affirmative people, those we feel best around.. those we feel safe around.. is also a form of self-care. The zoom platform, for example, has given us a tool to reach across many miles and bring us together. It is allowing us to combat isolation, fear, loneliness and giving us the ability to stay healthy both mentally and physically.

As you affirm and center within yourself, you not only improve your immune system and mental health, you enhance your ability to continue to be a light in the world. To act from a space of integrity and wholeness… to help lead the way for others… to make a difference in the world.

What habits do you need to let go of? What self-care habits can you add? What sustains and lifts you? Make these habits your priority and you will be amazed at the support, ease, and grace you experience.