Let's Talk Self Care, Baby
What does taking care of yourself mean to you? Is it going to soul cycle and taking a spin class? Making some green juice or a delicious smoothie? Opting for the salad as the side to your burger instead of the fries? Being a holistic nutritionist is of course very much centered around food, but the word holistic in this title makes it key. I have been focusing so much on food and supplements for the past few years, that I sometimes lose sight of things which are also extremely important, such as what we are feeding our mind, bodies, souls, and hearts.
Of course healthy nutritious food is essential for our health and well being, but, at least for me, I can eat all the kale salad and wild Alaskan salmon, but in the end, if I don't feel loved, cared for, if I don't do things I enjoy, if I don't spend time with people I love and service others, if I neglect to listen to my body, and if I don't follow my life calling, then I feel stumped, and my growth is cut off. I feel almost suffocated, like I am in a very small stuffy room and can't find the door out.
I've been doing mindfulness meditation (almost!) every day now, and I feel much more in tune with what is going on with my body. I am able to listen more now, catch emotions as they develop. And so I began to become more aware of how much I have been neglecting taking care of my heart and soul. I take care of my body well, I eat healthy, take my supplements, exercise; and my mind is also well cared for; I love to read and learn, as I develop my business I am constantly challenging my mind, and as I develop protocols and plan workshops, well, it's all a workout for the mind. But, my heart and soul have been very much neglected.
My heart – what does it need? What does it pine for? What is it asking for?
My soul – what is it saying? What makes it feel fulfilled? What calms and soothes her?
These are questions I won't answer here, but they are good to delve into. I feel there are two main reasons I fail to do more soul searching. These are:
I am afraid of what I will find
I feel I have no time // don't feel like it
In the end, the best advice I can give myself and you if you relate to the above reasons, is there is always enough time, we just have to spend less time doing things which are unfulfilling – social media is the biggest one for me. As for being afraid of what I find, I think even though it is uncomfortable at first, the more you do it, the more you gain insight into who you are, the more you appreciate yourself, and the more you learn how to care for yourself.
Ask yourself these questions more often. Sit quietly in meditation and ask your heart, spirit, and mind what they want. Just for 5 minutes, and see what happens. I will also be doing the same.