I’ve been reflecting today on how keeping yourself healthy and covering off all the elements of ‘daily self-care’ can feel like quite a long to-do list. If we think about eating healthily, drinking plenty of water, getting our daily exercise, breathing, resting, meditating or praying, getting enough sleep, taking the right vitamins, and, and, and, and … it’s a lot.
It can feel like an awful lot to do on top of work, children and family demands, and whatever else happens to be on this week.
So how can you keep daily self-care simple and relevant?
Simple Daily Self-Care
One lovely simple process is to simply take a moment before you get out of bed in the morning – just 30 seconds – and ask yourself What does my body need today?
It might be that you feel you really need to move your body today. And perhaps your schedule on this particular day means there is no space before your work day starts, or at the end of it, for a walk or a run or a gym session.
But in those few moments first thing in the morning your brain has a moment to check – how can I move my body today without those more obvious blocks of time available? And you may notice that you could get out of bed right that moment and just do a few lovely spinal rolls to wake up your spine and move your body (here is 60 seconds on safe roll-downs). You may think about the fact that you have a gap in the middle of the day between meetings and decide that you’ll take a piece of that gap to go for a walk in the park near your office.
By checking what does my body need, we are looking for what’s most relevant and most on top for us at that time – and what therefore to prioritise in the day.
We can’t always do everything but we can always do something.
I hope you will find that precious 30 seconds tomorrow morning to help yourself check What does my body need today?