Monday, July 27, 2009

Extreme Self-Care: Do It Now!

This is the last in a ten part series called, Extreme Self-Care: It’s Not Selfish!

We’ve talked about the importance of self-care. We’ve also discussed how you can find the time to care for yourself. Now that you have some suggestions and ideas, the next step is to put your ESC (Extreme Self-Care) plan into action. What will you do? When will you do it?

Think about it and write down the options that you can make time for and for which you can afford. Come up with at least five Extreme Self Care opportunities.

The benefit of having a number of options to chose from, is that if for some reason, you can’t do one extreme self act, you can chose another.

Your list could include:
  1. Yoga
  2. Making healthier food choices
  3. Bi-weekly visits to the salon
  4. Find and investigate a new park
  5. Taking extended walks with the dog
  6. Find a nice quiet place to eat lunch

Coming up with a list of options is the easy part. The hard part is putting those options into action. The words aren’t going to come off the page and beg you to do something with them. Instead they will sit there and whisper quietly to you.

In other words, it’s up to you to initiate your own plan. Your spouse or partner won’t do it. The kids certainly won’t do it. Your boss won’t even think about it. And your friends might not understand. It’s okay. While those around you may not understand or appreciate your choice to take care for yourself, they will benefit from your relaxed demeanor and increased sense of self.

Having said all that, I invite you to take the Extreme Self-Care challenge. For the next month, try one of the items on your list. Have fun with this. And if you care to share your experience back here on the blog.

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