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Summer Self Care

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…. I love summer, especially an old-fashioned summer. Days spent sitting in the shade or on the porch visiting with friends, cookouts and beach days or days spent by the pool. But just like the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, summer can get crazy and busy. There are vacations to plan, parties and weddings to attend, amongst this many of us still have to go to work.

Last week I wrote about having a plan for your health and wellness. Even though we come into busy times in our lives, it shouldn’t mean we let our self-care be what gives. This is when we need it most. I hear it all the time: “I just need to get through my daughter’s wedding, then I’ll get back to my care.” “My parents need me or my kids need help with my grandchildren, I’ll have to wait.” Or, “work is taking up more of my time and I’ll have to wait till things settle down.”

CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION? This is your life! You get one shot at it! What are you waiting for?

Time is actually a more rare commodity than money. You can make more money, you can’t make more time. Read a past blog post on finding an extra hour in the day by clicking here.

I’m busy too. I’m running a successful business, helping my kids with the children and run the day to day chores for our household. I have a plan for my week of what self-care I fit in on what days. It doesn’t take a lot of time, in fact, as you make some shifts in your schedule you’ll start to feel less stressed and more energized.

Self-care is a word that we hear a lot these days. What’s funny is we talk about it more but we do it less. I consider self-care anything we do for our own health and wellness including: rest, sleep, exercise, nutrition, meditation or breath work, MELT, time in nature, time with loved ones and time for ourselves. If you’re reading this and thinking, I don’t do half those things, can I ask you a couple questions? How do you feel right now? Do you feel calm, strong, well rested and energized? Are you living with purpose? Or are you feeling stressed,