Paying Homage to Self-Care

 

Homage: respect or reverence paid

Self-care: care for oneself

For a few months I’ve been shifting my focus to self-care due to some physical challenges. Nothing life threatening, but challenging none the less.

In my enthusiasm and passion for the work I love (coaching & writing), I’d been spending increasingly more time at my desk, focusing on my mind and forgetting the body and spirit part of the system.

Here’s what my body reminded me of. . .

It’s not about what you know, it’s about how you live and the choices you make each day.

Ouch. They say we teach what we most need to learn, and I’m getting the message loud and clear!

female sculpture in front of grass

 

Brene Brown says that calm is the ability to manage your emotional reactivity.

Calm is a superpower.

Truth is, it’s pretty tough to manage your reactivity when you don’t feel resourceful or when you’re body’s in crisis.

 

The shift to focusing on myself, specifically my body has not been easy and it doesn’t come naturally to me.

My tendency is usually to focus on and be there for others, and I know I’m not alone in this.

Friends, family, clients – I hear it often – everyone is challenged by the daunting task of taking care of ourselves.

Why is that?

Why is it so easy to put everyone and everything else first?

Perhaps the deeper question might be. . .

Why are you not deserving of that same level of care?

Since I love doing things in community and I know accountability helps keep me on track, I’m devoting this month to self-care; creating an homage to this essential aspect of life.

That means for the next 31 days you and I will be paying respect to our Selves. Showing reverence for what makes us feel good, and what nourishes us body, mind and soul.

Because what is the point of all this work if you feel like a well gone dry?

I’ll be writing about the challenge both here at Deva as well as over at Jordan Consulting, where I wrote about The Power of Feeling Good

At the end of the month, I’ll give away 3 coaching sessions to follow up on all the wonderful self-care practices you’ve begun to implement!

 

Here’s how it works:

Throughout the month I’ll be writing about various aspects of self-care:

  • what gets in the way of your self-care
  • limiting beliefs you may have about taking care of yourself
  • practical tips and what I’ve been using myself
  • and more

This is an opportunity to put yourself first and to have that be OK. Some of you may resist, calling this selfish, but consider it’s only selfish in the best sense of the word, about Self.

It’s also an opportunity to let people know you’re taking a stand for your well-being. As you treat yourself with respect and reverence, you’ll also teach people in your life how you want to be treated.


3 Ways To Play, Participate and Win: 

  • Become a fan of Deva Coaching => Say Hi once you’re there so I know to credit you!
  • Follow me on Twitter (@SandiAmorim) and tweet this post including the hashtag #Homage, saying something like “I’m joining the self care challenge with @SandiAmorim & @CadiJordan -  http://bit.ly/oDtDst  #Homage “
  • Leave a comment => see details below

At the end of the month, Monday, October 31st I’ll announce the winner of the coaching sessions.

The more you comment and share this Homage with others, the more chances you’ll rack up to win the coaching sessions as well as one or two surprises that Cadi Jordan and I have up our sleeves!

And here’s the best part . . .

Everyone feels better. Everyone wins.

 

Over to you:

1. Look at your life right now. What you’re committed to is whatever you spend your time and money on. From this perspective:

  • How do you show your commitment to self care?

2. Leave a comment below telling me:

  • What gets in the way of your self-care?
  • What your first step might be.

Remember. . .the more you comment and share, the more chances you have of winning the various prizes!