The surprising habit that will make your self-care game strong

Self-care might be the buzzword of the century. While I think the word is a tad overused I don’t want to downplay its significance. 
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Really, you can’t!

I spend the majority of my days talking with people, holding space, commuting all over the Bay Area, physically using my body in demanding ways, creating content, and engaging on social media platforms. I’m pooped by the end of the day. My husband can attest, most nights I shut myself in the bathroom to soak in the tub and watch Netflix (guilty pleasure confession). I’m spent and don’t want to talk with anyone til the morning, and even then it’s still questionable. :)

I’ve spent many years spinning my wheels and second guessing how I can teach self-care when I struggle to make it a regular part of my life.
Everything changed a few months ago when I adopted a regular morning ritual

Every morning I wake up 30 minutes earlier than I have to in order to have a slice of time for myself. I move, breathe, meditate, read, drink coffee, nap in a restorative pose, plan my day, etc. It doesn’t matter really what I do, the gesture alone is enough. 

A routine doesn’t have to be complicated for it be beneficial — it can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths before you reach for your phone. Carve out 5 minutes in the morning JUST FOR YOU. If you’re not a morning person, can you carve out those 5 minutes during your lunch break or at the end of the day? Make it realistic and not a chore; it has to be pleasurable and consistent for it to last.

I have so many self-care tips I’ve refined over the years and maybe I’ll share some down the road, but for now I’ll leave it at this, start small, but START. Don’t wait until next week or when you’ve outlined exactly how you’re going to spend the time. If not now, then when? (sorry, one more cliche phrase for the road!)

Not sure where to start? Click here for a 5 minute relaxing body scan to get the ball rolling. 
If you need a cheerleader, I’m here! Send me your thoughts, concerns, questions and deepest desires.

In self-care solidarity,