I am in New York for an event for People magazine and Investigation Discovery Channel because I was named their Everyday Hero for November 2016.
The last two days made me reflect on the importance of self care. Although I am here on “business”, I said it was important for me to be able to build in some fun in as well. Even though I woke up at 6 every morning to do some work, I made sure I prayed every morning before beginning anything, took an extra nap each day, at tons of fruit with my meals, walked all over downtown NYC- visiting places like Chelsea Market and the High Line, drank plenty of water, and I even had a makeover done! What are you doing to ensure you take care of yourself?
As defined by me, self care is any activity we do that takes care of our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well being. So, let me help you begin or continue your journey to self care.
SELF CARE helps you effectively treat compassion fatigue which is absorbing the emotional pain of others. It also helps you deal with stress, and helps you to reset and rejuvenate. So how can you do it too?
You have you take care of your PHYSIOLOGICAL self care needs. Do you eat balanced meals, drink plenty of water, take vitamins, eat several times a day (at least every 3 hours), eat a combination of at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day, avoid skipping meals, get at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep, reduce screen time before sleeping, limit social media intake to 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening, set a night time routine, AND get in at least 30 minutes of activity a day? Don’t raise your hands all at once, LOL! Pick one of these things you are going to start right away to start to take care of your physiological needs.
You have to take care of your BEHAVIORAL and COGNITIVE self care needs. Do you ask for help, delegate tasks, pray and meditate for at least 30 minutes before you start your day, make a list of fun activities and do them, find humor in situations, set healthy boundaries, give and receive affection, schedule mini retreats such as mani-pedis, massages, or 30 minute power naps? Pick ONE of these things you are going to start right away to take care of your behavioral and cognitive self care needs.
Take your time today to create an action plan of success for your own self care. Take those two things you picked and begin to work on them little by little every day. Check in here and let me know how you are doing on your journey to wellness.
While you’re out here saving the world, it is important to do somethings to reset, recharge, and rejuvenate in order to build your RESILIENCE!