Dec 16: Self Care

Reverb is an every-day-in-December journalling/blogging practice. Each day features a prompt that either helps you integrate the past year or envision what you want to create in the next one (sometimes both). If you want to follow along with me, I’m posting a prompt on my Facebook page every morning.


Dec 16: Self-care. How did you care for yourself this year? How would you like to care for yourself in 2012?

This year I got better at asking for help when I needed it, so I had a lot more time to myself. I took days off when I felt myself getting stressed out and needing a break. I took time to do my own projects and to write and create, which is SO important. I gave myself permission to take care of myself…and that’s the biggest step toward self-care that I can think of. I let myself chill out and watch movies when I needed to.

I set up coffee dates and went to a few dance classes. I moved my body a lot, and I found that as the year progressed, moving became more and more about self-care and less about “shoulds,” which was nice. I gave myself a lot of Reiki, which is a lovely combination of connecting with spirit and caring for the body.

In 2012 I would like to continue the trend. More movement, more Reiki, more rest, more permission.

Specifically, I’d like to:

-move every day (even just a tiny bit, just consciously moving my body)
-give myself Reiki at bedtime most nights
-go on more dates with Matthew and with friends
-attend more dance classes
-give myself lots and lots of permission to take it easy, rest, or do whatever I need
-be easier on myself in every area of my life, from parenting to business to housekeeping (speaking of which, Goddess Leonie made a free e-book that EVERYONE should read. It’s awesome: How to be a Domestic Goddess)

This was the first year I really understood that self-care is about gentleness and a loving attitude toward myself. That’s the attitude I’d like to carry forward into 2012.

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