Nothing like having a cold on a cold, dreary winter’s day. I’m just taking it easy as well as taking every kind of cold medicine I can get my hands on. I don’t feel too horribly bad right now but what usually happens is as it gets later, I begin to feel worse and my temperature climbs. But, for now, I’m not doing too badly so I feel pretty lucky in that respect. It could definitely be worse. So a little guilt-free self-care is just what I need. It’s actually what we all need. We constantly ignore all the signs our bodies and minds send on a daily basis regarding our wellbeing. We work too hard and play too little. We don’t sleep as much as we should. We don’t spend enough quality time with ourselves, our families or our friends. We don’t laugh enough. We don’t allow ourselves to relax because we’re always in motion. And when we do slow down a little, we waste our time online or watching TV. We don’t have enough serious conversations in which we are completely engaged. We live too much of our lives superficially. We don’t spend time outdoors. We eat too much junk food. We push our emotions down rather than express them. We aren’t comfortable with silence so we have background noise going all day. We never just”let go” and enjoy the freedom of doing so. Basically, we don’t do enough good things for ourselves and we do too many things that are bad for us. And we don’t understand why we get sick or have low energy. We need to do more for ourselves to feed our soul. Create, eat healthier, sleep better, play more often, watch less TV, limit time spent online, go outside, have deep, meaningful conversations, connect with others, do more things that feel good, read more, laugh, and just be happy. Don’t neglect your physical and mental health. Rest. Do more self-care. Love yourself. You can’t pour from an empty vessel so fill your vessel often. We deserve it. We need it. So do it!
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