Step 1 in self-care is knowing that self-care is about taking care of yourself in all areas of life so that you can feel amazing and lead an amazing life.
Step 1 a in self-care is knowing that caring for ourselves begins with a certain quality. It is not just about function it is about the way that we care for ourselves.
Step 2 in Self-Care is knowing that each thing that you do makes a big difference and that each small thing in life can have a knock on effect in other aspects of our life.
In the same way that when things go bung in our personal lives or in our professional lives, we know that other aspects of our life can be affected in the negative, so too when we make positive choices in our lives that can have a positive knock-on effect in other aspects of our lives.
For example if we decided to focus on one area of our life such as food and make changes there that nurture us and take care of us, then that quality will feed into other areas of our lives. Being hungry – or hangry – does not help us focus at work!
Feeling nurtured and nourished with food helps the body feel settled. When we are settled, we are more able to be well in and with life, beyond meal time.
Have you also ever noticed how a good night’s sleep seems to make a big difference if there are problems or issues in life? Or made things that seemed so big and insurmountable, suddenly exactly that, surmountable? This is the example of the effect of quality in one aspect of life feeding quality in other aspects of life.
When we first start taking care of ourselves it can seem big and insurmountable and we wonder where to start!
The key, is to start with something, to start with what is right in front of you, and bring your quality and care to that area.
And then you will not only see benefits in that area directly, but you will also start to see knock on effects in other areas of life.