We welcome guest writer Leslie Schilling of Schilling Nutrition Therapy,LLC back to StyleBlueprint today. You may have seen Leslie on both national and local TV programs, or perhaps you have read her articles in various media, but one of the best places to glean valuable advice from Leslie is on her popular blog, Born to Eat—a fun, easy-to-swallow dose of good advice about healthy, balanced living. Welcome back, Leslie!
“I can’t catch up.” “I just want to sit down and relax.” “When will I ever have time for myself?”
Do these thoughts ever run through your mind? You are not alone.
In a society that values production and multi-tasking skills, it’s no wonder we feel like self-care is a selfish use of our time. Could our task-master drives be impacting our health and happiness? It is definitely possible. I’ve seen my own “gettin’-it-done” drive influence my ability to be present with things that truly bring me joy. Things like hanging out with my family, or just taking in the beauty of sweet spring days.
Each time I’m sitting with a client discussing making self-care time a priority, I sense their uneasiness with taking time for themselves. Many say it just doesn’t feel right to take the time when there is so much work to be done. One of my favorite quotes that really drives this point home is by D. Estep.
Ouch—that really made me think! Taking care of you is taking care of others. How can you carve out time for some self-care today or this week? Here are a few tips to get your self-care love on:
1. Plan to go to bed 30 minutes early so you can put on some great smelling lotion and read a book (just for fun, not a work book).
2. Plan to take a walk with music that makes you happy. Make a “happy tune” play list just for this reason.
3. Plan to get up 15 minutes early to make a protein-rich breakfast. Your afternoon-self will thank you!
4. Plan to carry your water bottle with you (and use it) during your day to keep your body hydrated.
5. Plan to go on a walk with a friend or a neighbor.
6. Plan to ask for help. Asking for help when you need it is self-care.
7. Plan to make a list of things that fill your own self-care tank.
Notice a trend here? Planning is crucial. Plan to put YOU on your schedule, because if it’s not in your schedule, it doesn’t exist.
More about Mind Over Makeover
Learn how changing your mind can change your home, health and happiness. Join Leslie and her team on May 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a self-care and design workshop like no other. Just in time for Mother’s Day (but completely relevant for gals without kiddos, too), tickets for this event are $20 and include mimosas, munchies, design secrets, self-care tips, take-home goodies and a “makeover.”
Sit back, relax and pamper yourself! You deserve it, so what are you waiting for?
Learn more about Leslie and Schilling Nutrition Therapy, LLC, here: schillingnutrition.com