“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde
‘Personal Care Days’ are those days that are set apart for recharging my batteries. These days bring me more creative thought and a clearer idea on how to achieve them. They rid me of the negative emotions that have collected during the week. I feel that anytime negative emotions are collected, it leaves a type of scrape or wound inside. Self-care allows me to address this, looking at possible causes of why it happened, how to avoid them, and/or remove it and repair the damage.
These days are set aside to give strength to the rest of the days of the week, to become more grounded. Lately, I have had to do self-care days on a weekly basis. The stress in my house for the past couple of years has been at a high level, honestly a Code Red. I have found that if I don’t do self-care days, I am left extremely unbalanced. I face the same things as many of you do, including trying to get by my own self in order to just initiate my ‘Personal Care Days’. Life and family commitments are ongoing in my house, sometimes my family intrudes without thought. Before I go into too much detail on my life, here is a list some of what I do to promote a grounding and sense of well-being for myself. Maybe some of these ideas will inspire you to expand on them and/or put them into practice for yourself:
- Try to keep silent all day, a “No Talk Day”
- A special bath and soak in the tub, using essential oils and soaps
- A pedicure or manicure
- Journaling and/or doodling, without expecting an end result
- A favorite book (I like a real book rather than an ebook)
- A day without technology
- A favorite uplifting movie
- Try to stay alone
Keeping It Real
It’s important to really pull at those negative things that have collected over the week, to get rid and replace them with healing, loving those wounds and those parts of your personality that may cause those wounds, gently correcting and acknowledging each and every issue. The reason that I do these days alone, and with no talking, is to really deal with myself without the distraction of others or conversation that may lead away from my purpose. I take this opportunity to try to address all those warts (things I dislike about my personality, that hold me back from being more clear and creative, as well as a better human being).
The Body Is Your Temple
The body is what holds it all together; it is what carries that beautiful soul. In a way, it is the ship that sails me from one experience to another. You never understand that more until something of a health nature goes very wrong, and that ship is threatened. It’s so important to keep on top of maintenance and care. The more attention I pay to my body and its needs, the more I can hear when it is trying to tell me something, like when it’s overloaded or stressed out, damaged or drained. I can then immediately start to tend to it and repair the issues. This intricate knowledge of my body is developed from the self-care of it and from meditation.
Smells Can Ring Bells
Essential oils can be used on these wonderful days. They can induce a memory or a mood, and increase that sense of well-being. It encourages me to keep working on self. Incense is also a great addition; the burning of sage, Palo Santo wood, etc., just to name a few. Believe me, once you start the practice, you won’t want to stop, and that scent will instantly put your mind and spirit at that healing point quicker every time.
I think I could go on and on, but I hope that I have inspired you to push aside the chaos of commitments and distractions and focus on yourself, to recharge your battery for a new creative day.
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