Are You Taking Care of Yourself?
This article originally appeared on Yoganonymous.com.
Self Care: A practice that strengthens your foundation, cultivates self-awareness, and grounds down who you are so that you can embrace a fuller sense of self.
Yogis and self care go together like a beach and fresh coconut water. You know self care is important, but is the type of self care you immediately think of really the best type of care for you?
Dinorah Nieves wrote this article for Huffington Post on how to get serious about your self care. She says that it's important to begin with her set of eight questions to develop a self care system that caters to your internal wiring. Her series of questions addresses foundational and emotional needs that affect your behaviors in subconscious ways. Her questions, ranging from "How do I know that I am important?" to "What am I so afraid of?" pin point habits and beliefs that can either hold you back, or empower you for a better tomorrow.
Dinorah's questions help you get comfortable in your own skin. They lead you to deeper feelings of peace, self-awareness, and safety. She doesn't tell you what to do, she helps reveal what to cultivatefor better self care. Reason being, the way your friends may attain peace could be vastly different from the ways in which you attain peace! So, ask yourself: What does self care mean to you?
To Zara Barrie, it means manicures, flowers, and indulging healthily in one vice per designated self care Sunday—rather than a slew of vices. In this tell-all article, "How to Turn Your Sunday Scaries Into Self-Care Sunday," Zara explains that her need for increased self care stemmed from the realization that partying too hard on Sunday Funday left her month, her finances, and her emotional stability, in shambles. Zara explains that her self care actions stem from a willingness to allow herself to be real and to be raw.
So, what should you do when you're looking to embark on some serious self care like that? Try one of Jordan Grey's tips listed in this article. Jordan gives you 21 suggestions, ranging from opting out of news ads to learning how to cook a healthy meal for yourself.
Overall, self care isn't so much about the action, but more so about the underlying intention to cultivate wellness and stability in your life. How are you taking care of yourself?