Monday, July 13, 2009

Extreme Self-Care: Partners in Care

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

You are not alone. We all need to take time for self. Yet, sometimes you need some help in getting that time for yourself. Enlist the help of your spouse, your friends, your kids and your co-workers and help each other make the most of self care.

Have your partner take the kids out to the movies or to the park if you need a few hours to yourself. You can watch the kids later, if he wants to go to a sports bar or if she wants to go shopping with friends. You need self-care but so does your partner and working together to make sure both of you get your downtime can make your time together even more important.

If you are raising your kids on your own, it’s even more important that you have some time to yourself. You can reach out to family and friends to work with you to make sure you get that time to yourself. You can also make use of any time that you get to yourself … while the kids are in school or with friends or at their lessons.

Spending time with friends is a way of indulging in self-care. Self-Care doesn’t always need to be a solo experience. A Girls/Guy’s Night Out can be a fun way to let off steam and relax. Grab a friend and go out and do something you love to do together: hiking, swimming, shopping, lunch, spa visits, sporting events.

The important thing isn’t what you do or who you do it with but that you do it. Invest in yourself. Care for yourself.

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