This past month I have begun going to yoga class. This is a very unexpected pursuit as I promise, I am probably the least flexible person I know. However, this past month I decided to make an active effort to do things that will be beneficial to both my mental/physical health. So, first stop: yoga!
During one of my first classes my yoga instructor completed the class by saying “thank you for coming and taking sixty minutes for yourself. It is all too often we forget to take time focused solely on ourselves.” This stuck with me. I am used to running from task to task and rarely take sixty full minutes, in a row, to focus on how to be a better version of myself. For the first time, it truly resonated with me how important it was to go to a class and work on myself and give myself an opportunity to clear my mind of the typical stress that occurs throughout the day.
Self-care has been a popular movement recently. Previously, I thought it was mainly used as an excuse to treat yourself to a manicure or something you might not typically. Self-care is defined as any activity we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. But, along with my yoga practice, I found myself taking more time throughout the day to take care of myself. This has spanned all areas of my life, such as taking the time to cook myself a nice lunch that I know I will enjoy eating instead of throwing together a sandwich on my way out the door. I will take the extra 10 minutes before I go to bed to put moisturizer on my face and braid my hair, something that I used to only do if I “had enough time.”
While the time seems to be fleeting throughout the day, I have made it a priority to carve out 60 minutes to focus just on myself. By taking the 60 minutes, I am far more productive throughout the day and find myself being more aware of myself and what I may need.
Here are a few ways to implement self-care into your life!
- Take 60 minutes to exercise or move your body while only focusing on
- Take a break from social media!
- Get outside on a nice day – even if it’s only for a few minutes between meetings!
- Be mindful of those in your life who bring in positivity – and then give them a call.
- Take the time to check in with yourself throughout the day.