I know, most people start their blogs with an “About Me” post. I decided to do that post later and to, instead, post about something very important to me. Self-Care.
I’ve always been a believer in the importance of caring for yourself, as well as your family, and not just your family.
When we pour everything we have, everything we are, into another person (or people) -as we tend to do as parents and partners, we are giving away something important and it has to be replaced. Without replenishing ourselves, we drain ourselves.
When we practice regular self-care, it allows us to give something back to ourselves to recharge our batteries, and it keeps us from getting worn down, and eventually resenting the people we care about.
I try to make self-care part of my daily routine, but failing that, at least a few times a week.
As a Pisces, there are a few things I need desperately when it comes to self-care. One is some quality alone time. I’m not much of a people-person by nature beyond my family anyway, but I find myself needing to step away even from them from time to time. I need time to myself to just be me. Not the me that wears all the hats and fulfills all the responsibilities, just me. When my time is consumed by people outside my Tribe (what I call my family), I need it even more.
Water. Be it the lake, a pool or even just the bathtub, I need that time in the water. Also, if it’s here at home in the tub, it has to be as hot as my body can stand it.
This is part of my cleansing and grounding ritual anyway. As an empath, it’s important to get the “funk” of other people’s emotions off of me. A feat that can really only be completely obtained through either natural running water or peel your skin off, hot water.
When I was young, I had no clue how important caring for my skin properly would become when I got older. I cared for my skin, as in, I washed my face and body but that was about the extent of that. Now, I look in the mirror and I realize how beneficial a good skin-care routine would have been in my youth. I do it now, all the way down to exfoliating and moisturizing and toning, but I do wish I’d done this more when I was younger. My skin might have been more youthful in appearance now that I’m in my 40’s if I had.
I admit, other than keeping my hair clean and conditioned, I don’t do much else with it most days. I prefer to let it be natural without a ton of products on it unless I’m dressing up to go out somewhere more than the grocery store.
I’ve found that it’s important to let your body breathe. Less really can be more when it comes to dumping a bunch of chemicals all over your body, which has a lot to do with why I started making my own products instead of using the store-bought stuff.
So that’s a peek inside my self-care ritual. What do you do to care for yourself?