Sustainable Self Care - Free + Native
The relationship we have with ourselves is truly the most important relationship of all. Taking time to care for ourselves is crucial to living from a vibrant and vital place. When we honor the call for self care, we nurture ourselves deeply and allow our bodies to reset & restore.
When we give ourselves time to unplug, nap, daydream, and just be, we allow our nervous system to move from a fight or flight state to a state of deep relaxation. In this state, our bodies renew & repair themselves more effectively. Our metabolism regulates, our hormones rebalance, and our skin begins to radiate. Giving ourselves this gift of downtime creates space for healing to occur.
Our culture demands almost a constant outflow of energy. It’s often when we are busiest that the most essential elements of taking care of ourselves somehow fall away. We try to keep up with the quickening pace, pushing past the max of what our bodies are capable of; this results in low immunity, constant fatigue, brain fog, and unconscious stress. And, eventually, dis-ease in the mind or body.
So how do we take time for self care when the demands are so high?
The most direct way is to simplify and prioritize the needs of your body over everything else. It often means saying no when you are already overcommitted and taking the time to be present with the basic needs of your body. Perhaps it's reading, sipping tea or taking a bath, spending time in nature, or booking a massage. Maybe it's a day at home in your jammies with nothing planned at all to just sink in or taking a “sick day” off of work before you really can’t make it in.
Self care begins when we reconnect with ourselves
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