Planning For Self-Care: Recognise It’s Important

planning self-careToday my Letter From The Light Side broadcast has really stuck with me. The Guides talked about planning and how important it was to make a commitment to myself.

They were talking about making decisions. Encouraging me to step forward into the path that would be the most positive for me. I realised that the first thing I had to do was recognise what was the best for me. In a way I’ve already done a lot of that thinking. I have stepped back from church services in 2018. And will shortly close my Centre. I chose to do both of these things because I want to focus on my writing and mentoring. But I wondered if I had done enough thinking about my self-care. It’s been a busy week. I’ve done a lot of planning for the tasks over the nest few weeks. But have I made any space for self-care? Something that I’ve noticed has been squeezed out this week.

It all comes back to my love of giving. That’s what I want to do. I like to share. So I fill my days with opportunities to do that. But perhaps I don’t share enough with myself. My planning doesn’t recognise that it’s what I need. So it’s not in the diary and it doesn’t happen. Yet I know when I am tired, worn out and drained I find sharing really hard. I can’t drum up enough energy. So if I really want to keep sharing I have to take some time to give to me. I know I have to make me a regular commitment. It’s time to have a date night with myself. Or a pleasant walk with I and me. Curling up with a good book to refresh my energy. These small, yet vital, activities honour my need for self-care.

And remind me that I’m important in my life too. Because I can forget that when I get caught up in helping others. Today I got my reminder that it’s all about balance. Giving and receiving. I’m planning to spend my Friday and Saturday differently. So that I am refreshed and ready for my Sunday workshop.

Day 717 of my blogging challenge

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