Growing up, February was always one of my favorite months, because of Black History Month and Valentine’s day. If month’s had a theme, I would say Feburary’s theme is LOVE – self love and loving others.
In keeping with the love theme here on the blog and in my podcast I’m declaring Feburary – Self Care Month. We will explore strategies, habits, tips for helping you take better care of yourself and love your life more.
Before you dismiss this idea of “self love”, I’ve got a verse of scripture to share with you.
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 NLT (emphasis added)
Powerful! Loving others as you love yourself is as important as loving God with all your heart, soul and mind.
At 40 years old I’m embracing the value of having a healthy body, mind and spirit. I spent nearly 5 months promoting and planning a 2 day event for women. This was not an easy road or process. It was stressful to take on this big goal while working a 40 hour a week job. It stretched me in many ways. Now that the event has ended instead of pushing ahead to what’s next, I’m making the conscious decision to slow down.
Slowing down allows us the time we need to build energy for moving forward. When we are in a place of producing, creating, serving, we are pouring into others. We also need times where we slow down or pull back so that we can be refilled.
What happens when we don’t take this time?
The demands of working full time while growing a business on the side is no small feat. At the end of Q4 of 2014 we took on the monumental task of building an ecommerce website with a very small staff. I managed the launch of this new website while continuing to perform my other day to day responsibilities. There were many, many late nights, weekends and working through the holidays to make it happen. This was also the same year I hosted my first women’s event. I knew I was flirting with burn out.
According to Psychology today, burnout is a state of chronic stress that leads to:
physical and emotional exhaustion
cynicism and detachment
feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment
Once you allow yourself to reach burn out, you are no longer effective at home or work. This month we are going to explore a few strategies to help you take care of yourself, so that you can better enjoy this life God has given you.
Self care does not come naturally to me. It seemed a little self indulgent until I started to understand that it’s vital to a healthy lifestyle. If you’re like me and this whole “self love” thing sounds a little self indulgent, love yourself enough to give your body the rest and care it needs. How can you properly love others if you don’t know how to love yourself and the life that you have?
#TalkBack in the comments: Do you have any self care rituals/routines? When did you adopt this philosophy of self care? What are your best tips for those just now embracing self care?
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