Our lives are filled with to-dos, often a result of so many people depending on us, whether it be our kids, pets, partner, parents, coworkers, or any other person whose needs seem to be more important than our own. In our state of giving to others, we put our own self-care on the back burner.

I received Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Love Notes 52-Card Deck as a gift from a really dear and thoughtful friend. I am absolutely in love with these sweet cards. This is one of my favs:

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This simple phrase resonates strongly with me. We live in a society that is go-go-go. We finish one thing and then we are on to the next. Many of us use the word multitasking proudly, but often we are not fully present in what we are doing. We look at the clock and the end of the day not knowing where the time has gone and disappointed that we didn’t finish our to-do list. Who has time to practice self-care when there is so much to do?!?

Well, I have a little secret for you…you are never going to finish your to-do list! Once you check-the-box for one task, another sneaks in before you know it. Another load of laundry, the dishes in the sink, that room you have been wanting to paint for years, all those pictures sitting on your computer waiting to be organized, an extra hour or two at the office….the list is endless!

You do so much and you deserve to be taken care of. Instead of waiting for someone else to do this for you, why not add a little more self-care into your life? Make an appointment in your calendar or set a reminder on your phone for a date with yourself. You can start small, devoting 10 minutes to something that allows you to rest and renew. Pour a hot bath, take a mid-afternoon nap, or sink into your favorite yoga pose. YOU are worth YOUR time.

By staying active and moving your body, you are also practicing self-care. The key is to choose activities you love. If you tell yourself that you’re going to run on the treadmill for 20 minutes three times a week and you hate running, it will be difficult maintain this routine. Maybe a brisk walk is more up your alley right now? Find something that’s fun for you!

By making your own self-care a priority, you will begin to see slight shifts in your life. You may notice that you are calmer, more energetic, or more patient and present with loved ones. Take note of the ripple effect in your life.

Leave a comment below to let me know what you are planning for your next self-care date!

Be gentle with yourself. You are precious.

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