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The Secret to a Successful Self-Care Practice

Updated: Oct 1, 2022

Drop by drop, the time you invest in self-care adds up and eventually overflows, spilling into every aspect of your life. Learn how to successfully start and maintain your own self-care practice.

Several drops of water against a gray background
Fill up your self-care bucket so that you can give from a place of abundance.

“The jug fills drop by drop.” —Buddha

Visualize a big bucket. Really see its color, size, shape, texture and depth. Now imagine that this bucket isn’t for water. It’s for self-care. This bucket collect drops of the self-care that you practice in your own life. Every self-care practice counts as a single drop in the bucket.

The secret to practicing self-care is to start small. Begin with one drop. Exercising, sleeping 7 to 9 hours a night, meditating, journaling, reading, listening to a high-vibe podcast, eating mindfully, drinking enough water to stay hydrated, listening to your body’s needs, saying “no” to the things that don’t serve you, choosing kindness toward yourself, setting clear boundaries—these are all self-care practices that count as drops in your bucket.

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Eventually, these drops of self-care collect into a larger sea of self-care inside the bucket. And eventually the bucket collects enough self-care drops that it begins to overflow, spilling love, patience, kindness, compassion, wellness—all the things you have given yourself that you now have the energy, time and space to share with others in your life.

When your bucket begins to overflow, you'll know. You’ll feel it. Your spirit will feel lighter. You’ll smile because you can. You’ll find yourself singing more, even swaying your hips like seaweed in wavy water as you listen to music. This is when you can give from a place of abundance. And people will notice.

Practice It: Build Your Self-Care Bucket

It takes time to build your self-care bucket, so give yourself the time to do it. Your bucket will need continuous replenishment. Because your mind, body and sprit need continuous nourishment. Self-care is the fuel that will light you up.

Drop by drop, you can collect the self-care you deserve.

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