When are we ever going to stop feeling guilty about taking an hour to rest, sleep, do nothing or go for a walk... when really we probably need half-a-day or even a whole day.
I remember at the beginning of the pandemic I would spend 5 hours a day taking care of myself. It was great. But then I thought: "I can't do this forever. I have to work and do other things."
And yet the pandemic is still very much present. The restrictions on what we are allowed to do or not have a huge impact on our lives. And somehow I let myself convince that it was ok to do less self-care. But it is not. It is a slippery slope...the amount of mental health issues in the world is increasing every day...
When we don't take care of ourselves enough we end up broke and we can't do anything anymore. So what is the point?
We have been surfing tsunamis of emotions and energies in a very complicated worldwide situation for almost a year now. So let's be even more gentle and kind with ourselves and with others.
Personally I can feel I am more often edgy than usual. I haven't been sleeping as well as I used to before 2020. I can feel and see that stress, sorrow and anger are more present than ever in me and around me. So the amount of love and joy that I need to experience to counterbalance all of that is huge!
For instance I wasn't able to go on a retreat as I usually do once or twice a year to recharge my batteries. So yes I've decided I will give myself a break and allow my body and soul to rest, digest, process in order to create more love and more joy. And I wish you the same.
Unfortunately, we often tell ourselves that we can't. My invitation if to ask yourself if that's really true.
Also, the amount of self-care or the form it takes is very personal. Let's not compare. Somebody might need 9 hours of sleep to feel rested while somebody else might need 6. One person might feel great after an hour of Qi-gong, another will need to go for a long walk afterwards to feel recharged. Maybe for you it's running that helps, while for somebody dancing is the way to go. We are all different. So find out what works for you.
And if you hear this voice saying "there is not enough time", "I can't", "I'm fine, it will pass on its own", "I should really work", etc. Try to listen to your other voice, the loving voice of your soul...
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