I’m going to go out on a limb and bet that most of you probably don’t know that it’s International Self-Care day. Well, neither did I until a couple weeks ago, and I have to admit that it does get a little tiresome hearing about all these different focus days. I mean, really. Did you know there is a National Donut Day? Burger Day? There’s even a National Vanilla Milkshake Day! And not to be outdone, there is also a National Chocolate Milkshake Day. And those are just food days. What about other “days”?
International Dog Day, Pig Day, Skydiving Day… and in case you’ve always wondered, National Skinny dipping Day in the States is August 13. Don’t miss out on that one.
It’s gotten rather ridiculous really. But when I thought about it, a day focused on bringing attention to the importance of self-care, isn’t such a bad idea, and as it so happens, 😊 that is the exact industry we are in!
I certainly know how difficult it can be to place myself on the top of the priority list when there are 492 other things that are competing for my time. I know what it’s like to go full tilt and completely forget to look after me. One would think that I would learn from those mistakes…but apparently I am a rather slow learner.
This week is my annual family week at the lake and it is always a riot. You’ve heard of My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Well, switch up the Greek for French and the Windex for Whiskey and you’ve got my family. Only I’m pretty sure my family is louder. Yeah. Definitely louder.
So out I came, excited to get away and enjoy the adventures of another week with family. And… I promptly crashed big time. One would think that I have learned by now that when we refuse to give our bodies and minds time off, they choose to take it anyway. On their time and in their way.
Rather ironic.. and humbling that here I am, hardly able to speak because my throat decided to swell up so badly, barely able to swallow because of the pain and navigating between naps and bedtime. Not exactly enjoying family week to the best of my abilities.
Lesson learned. I need to take care of me.
I know first-hand how beneficial a daily massage can be on my body and stress levels. I know how regular use of the Magnesphere not only aids my body in getting a deep Delta state of sleep but also helps relieve physical and emotional stresses. I know how drinking 8-10 glass of water a day helps to keep me hydrated and focused. I know how regular, consistent exercise affects not only physical well-being, but also mental well-being.
AND… I know what happens when I ignore those things and try to get by without them – I get to spend family week feeling like crap instead of out enjoying every moment!
So yes, I think that having a day that celebrates and brings awareness to the idea of taking care of oneself is a very verygood idea.
On this day more especially than others, take the time to nourish your body, your soul and your mind – you’re definitely worth it.