Here we are, just a few days away from the holiday season and wondering about what last minute stuff you must pick-up or do – what did you forget? Food, stocking stuffers, presents? What is on your to-do list?
I am sitting here and thinking through all of that right now, and BAM stocking stuffers come to mind – and carrots. I need to buy carrots. Oh, and I need to work. Not enough hours in the day to get it all done. Funny how swept up we get in the stuff we need to do, and how quickly we pass on doing what might be good for us to do for ourselves.
Last week I wrote about how many of us gals are living with a title of “Queen of Overwhelm” and this has never been more true than during this time of the year, and it was with that in mind that I wanted to share a couple of fun things that you can do to get back in touch with yourself and to put a little self-care into your day.
I am doing this very cool challenge right now, set up for coaches like me, and there were two “challenges” that I have done so far that really resonated with me and have helped me to start to think about why it is so important to put my needs first, so I wanted to share them with you guys out there in blog land. #1, they are fun to do, and #2 they don’t take up much time, so you can do the challenges and still have loads of time to do all the other crap and nonsense you have on your to-do list, but you can also be pleased that you took a little time out of your day to do something nice for yourself.
I love this one, and think it is a great thing to do every day. The idea here is to let your body move to the music and to listen to what the music offering to you – is there a message you need to hear. So here it goes. Open your favorite playlist and hit Shuffle. Whatever song starts up, listen to it, dance to it and think about what this song brings up for you. Is there a message you need to hear? What is the music telling you?
This is like pulling an oracle card or tarot card – but having the “universe” pick the right music for you to hear in the moment – the song you need to hear right now. Give it a try!
Ok, this one takes a wee bit longer, but is super effective. It is a body scan. I know… you are not wanting to do this, because of what might come up, but trust me that once you do, you will understand what your body needs and you can do your best to provide for it. Don’t resist!
Here is how you do it – get into a comfortable position – sitting down, lying down – you be the judge and you close your eyes and scan through your body. The idea here is that your body and how it is feeling, may need a little love from you and it will tell you what it needs to continue to support you in all things – your life, your work, your family life. Tune in and start at the top of your head. Has it been a while since you have had a haircut? Move to your eyes, mouth – your throat. Is there something you need to say, but have not said it? Something you need to see or hear? Send your throat some love and thank it for helping you articulate what you need.
Keep moving through your body – connect with your heart – how is your heart feeling? What about your lungs? Stomach… pelvis…?
Take time in each spot and really connect. Where do you need to give yourself some love? How about your hands… time for a mani?
Those solid legs – and your feet… the one part of your body that continually holds you up. How are those toes looking?
Now move to your back – your beautiful spine – your support system. Feel any tightness? Is it time to get on your yoga mat or stretch to work out the kinks?
Send yourself some love and thank your higher self for sending you messages you need to hear. Now act on them!
The point to all of this is to tune in and listen to your body and what it needs. If you do this often enough, you will know how to best serve yourself, and again, by serving yourself first, you will be better equipped to serve others.
When I did this scan yesterday, here is what came up for me. My back is so tight and I need to get back on my yoga mat to stretch, move and strengthen/lengthen my muscles. Oh, and my feet… time for a pedi, so I gave myself one. The tired toes look much better with a pretty polish on them. And my stomach told me that it is time for more greens in my life.
So, the theme today gals is to listen!
Listen to the music and let it move you, and listen to your body and answer the call for what it needs.
I would love to hear what comes up for you, so please comment and let me know what you “hear”.
Above all… send yourself some Love – we all need it!
Until next time…