Updated: Oct 1, 2022
Every day is an opportunity to take amazing care of yourself. Why wait until January 1 when you can start to feel amazing today?
When was the last time your mind and body felt amazing, when your thoughts and words flowed effortlessly and you moved energetically and gracefully?
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The added stress and pressure during the holiday season from the extra things that need to get done—shop for the perfect gifts and then find time to wrap them, set goals for the New Year and then follow-through with them—make it easy to put off self-care during the busiest time of year.
My question to you: Why wait until January 1 to start taking better care of yourself?
One of my mantras for this year was “What Are You Waiting for”? Life is happening now. In this very moment, with this very breath.
Thinking that you’ll wait to be happy when you lose weight or you’ll wait to be happy when you have your dream house or you’ll wait to be happy when you retire does not offer you the health and happiness you deserve today. Your self-care can’t wait for you to pay attention to it until tomorrow. Self-care is needed now—your mind and body desperately crave it.
From the list below, choose one self-care practice that resonates with you and that you can realistically begin to do daily starting today. Your body and mind will thank you for paying attention to them:
Go to bed early (by 10 pm). Learn how to get more sleep when you're a busy mom.
Develop a consistent daily routine. This is what it takes to take good care of yourself.
Replace something on your plate with an additional serving of vegetables. Learn how to make this delicious roasted broccoli I have been making for more than 15 years.
Become more gentle, kind and compassionate toward yourself. I have found that this is the key to balance.
The earlier and the more often you prioritize self-care, the better you will feel. Why wait until January 1 to feel good when you can start feeling amazing today?
I am so excited to share more about these self-care practices with you in my book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas (MSI Press, 2019). Order a copy for you or a friend who needs more self-care in their life.