A few days ago, I read an article about the toxic side effects of self care, and I do say there’s merit in some of the arguments. However, I have not one regret about choosing my monthly theme for April – Healing With Self Care.
Healing With Self Care In April
Remember to fill your cup first, so you can shine your light fully. That is how we serve best.Anonymous
Here’s what I wrote in my Bullet Journal at the start of April:
March was quite hectic. Despite all the challenges, I’ve had a good year so far. It’s time to focus on self care. It’s important that even as I heal emotionally I focus on other things as well.
One important thing is taking a break – a staycation.
There are a lot of other activities I want to undertake – journaling, collages, some cross-stich. I realise now that self care also includes:
- Guarding my time and energy
- Listening to my intuition and acting on it
- Making time for my practices at the start of the day
- Going off the plan – when I need to rest
- Reaching out for help and support when I need it
- Turning off devices early to help me sleep better
- Keeping the promises I have made to myself
- Taking small pauses during the day to do something that brings me joy
- Making time for breath work – Inhale/ Exhale mindfully
- Giving myself grace when things don’t go according to plan.
Like in the last month, I made a kind of a collage that encapsulated what I wanted the month to be.
How April Went
The month went rather well.
We were able to find a lovely facility to leave Lucky and that gave us the push we needed to plan and follow through on our staycation. We had a restful couple of days in a hotel, enjoyed some new cuisine, read a bit, talked a lot and rested.
I set up a trial flower delivery to myself – so I can enjoy some beautiful fresh flowers at home – something I’ve always wanted to do.
I took things a lot more easy and also discovered that there’s such a word as ‘decommit’ – so I went ahead and did that. Decommiting from a lot of things that were not a priority but put pressure on me and caused guilt.
Most of all, I trusted my intuition and made some choices and did some things that resulted in more peace and equanimity.
I find myself getting drawn deeper and deeper into the notion that what I do or achieve matters little, it’s how I relate to God, to myself, to my partner and others and the choices I make that is most important.
Healing through self care is an on going exercise, but I’m glad I focused on it in April.