Last month I had the theme of self-care for the A to Z challenge and I feel the need to write about it more, as it is a theme that suits me. I do however have a problem with self-care and that is that I tend to over-complicate things.
When I wanted to take a healing bath the other day I made it into a whole ritual and I was exhausted by the time it was time to step in.
Another example: I wanted to walk in the park last week, and I ran upstairs for my hiking socks and some pants because I wore a skirt at the time. I got distracted with stuff I wanted to declutter and long story short: I didn’t walk in the park.
Both of these examples show that when it comes to self-care, I make it as big as I possibly can and then spend energy I need to take care of myself in preparation.
I decided just now that I need to simplify it.
I, for instance, need to keep a batch of essential oils in the bathroom for some quick and easy bath routines, or just wear my hiking sandals for a quick walk around the park when I wear a skirt.
To keep my mind from over-complicating my self-care routines I have devised this super simple strategy:
When my body says I need something, I do it. No questions asked. No deep mind wanderings allowed. I do. That’s it.
Another way to say this is: trust your instincts. Your body knows what it needs.
An example: right now it is very hot in the bedroom. I was gathering my stuff so I could go downstairs but my body needs a bit more recovery before I can go downstairs. So instead of pushing myself beyond my limits, I turned on the fan.
See how super simple self-care can be? How do you tend to overcomplicate your self-care?