I still struggle with making self-care a priority. I know I should make time to rest, relax and rejuvenate, but actually making the time is another story. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve asked myself why I don’t make more time to “pamper” myself.
Let me share a couple of definitions from Dictionary.com:
Pamper: To treat or gratify with extreme or excessive indulgence, kindness, or care.
Self-care: Care of the self without medical or other professional consultation.
Do these definitions motivate you to pamper yourself and make time for regular self-care?
Here’s what I think: Somehow we’ve grown up believing it’s selfish to find time to take care of ourselves. I’m not talking about vision, dental or medical care. I’m talking about making time to sit quietly and think. Or, schedule regular massages. Or, go on a rejuvenating vacation. Or, read a fun book all day.
I hear you saying, “I don’t have time or money to have a massage or take a vacation.” My question back to you is, “Why?”
I’ve found in my life if something is important to me I somehow find the time and money. Do you find that true in your own life?
If a spouse, child, relative or friend needed something important, would you find a way to make the time and money?
Maybe all this is a roundabout way for me to ask: Do you believe you’re important enough to find the time and money to “pamper” and take care of yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually?
During this past month, how often have you taken time for yourself? How often have you given of your time to others? I’m willing to bet you’ve given more time and energy to others than you’ve made time and energy for yourself.
Here’s what I decided to do for myself and maybe it will work for you too:
1. I’ll affirm daily, “I am worthy and deserving of making quality time to care for myself in mind, body and spirit.”
2. I’ve started to actually block out time on my calendar for self-care. For example I’ll block out an entire day to read the newest book by an author I enjoy. I make this time a priority.
3. I’ve created a vision board of all the FUN things I want to do this year. I wrote out exactly what it will take to make them reality. Then I sat down and planned out how many ways I will make these FUN things reality.
Let me add this: All these positive actions are fine, but it is up to you to believe you are worthy and deserving enough to allow them to become reality.
I’ll ask you this:
1. Can you honestly say you’ll make time to “pamper” yourself without feeling guilty?
2. Can you honestly say you’ll make time to “pamper” yourself and actually follow through with the pampering?
3. Can you honestly say you’ll make time to “pamper” yourself and not allow others to talk you out of taking care of yourself?
Here’s a challenge for you: I’d like you to plan a FUN day, weekend or even a week of self-care and pampering.
(1) Write your plans as a goal with a specific date by which you will achieve it.
(2) Write why you deserve this FUN pampering experience.
(3) Write how many ways you can/will make this goal reality.
(4) Create a vision board or vision book illustrating this FUN pampering time.
(5) Find an accountability partner who will hold you accountable to your goals.
(6) Write an affirmation affirming your pampering goal.
(7) Visualize yourself enjoying your FUN pampering experience.
I promise I’ll be doing this right along with you. Let’s stay in touch and support each other’s self-care on my Facebook page – here’s the link:
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Take good care of yourself,
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
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