I clutched my yoga mat a bit tighter and took a deep breath as I walked into the studio. I tried my hardest to mask the nervousness I felt so deeply in my gut as I picked out my spot on the floor.
It had been five years since my last formal yoga class. Would it be obvious?
I smiled sheepishly at the others around me and tried to hush the doubts that filled my mind. The next hour was me time, sorely needed and overdue at that. I didn’t want to sour the experience by letting fear and doubt convince me I’d fail before I’d even begun.
For the next 55 minutes, I let go of worry and stress. I focused on how my lungs felt as I inhaled and exhaled, slowly and deeply. I thoughtfully moved my body from one pose to the next. The tension in my muscles and my mind melted away under the dimmed lights and I knew I was right where I was supposed to be.
I savored every second of that hour. When it was time to roll up my mat and head back downstairs to pick up my boys, my heart felt incredibly light.
Self Care: What Does It Look Like?
“When you stop taking care of yourself, you get out of balance and you really forget how to take care of others.”
Jada Pinkett Smith (watch the inspiring clip – it’s an oldie but a goodie)
Self care: it’s something we read about almost daily, and in our hearts, we all know we need it. As a mother, the concept of taking special care of myself resonates with me deeply. But in spite of knowing the importance of it, how often do we wholeheartedly pursue the things that we need most? What does “self care” even look like?
For some, self care looks like waking up before dawn to get a workout in. For others, it’s a night “off” with friends. For some, it’s painting or drawing or writing. And for others, it’s a butt-kicking hike on the weekend. It’s time spent alone. It’s time spent away.
For you and I, it could look like something else entirely.
There’s no right or wrong way to take care of yourself. It’s highly personal and it shifts and changes with time and the demands of day to day life. Therein lies the challenge… and the fun.
A Month of Self Care
For the month of February, I will be exploring the topic of self care, both here on my blog and in my personal life. I have invited two guests, special “real life” friends who both inspire and encourage me as a person and a mother, to share a glimpse of what self care means to them. Stay tuned for posts from these wonderful ladies in the coming weeks.
I encourage you to join me in taking some time this month to think about what self care looks like on a personal level. Does it involve exercise? Outdoor activities? Time spent with others? Time spent by yourself?