Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Luxury—or necessity?

This morning I'm going to have my regularly scheduled therapeutic
massage. And this afternoon I have an appointment with my chiropractor.

I do both on a regular schedule because they keep my spine
aligned and prevent unnecessary back pain. The deep tissue massages
loosen up knots in my neck and back, release toxins in my body and
restore my balance. The chiropractor's adjustments keep me flexible
and more agile than I'd otherwise be.

There was a time when I would have done such things on an as-needed
basis (and the need would not have occurred often!). Well, truthfully,
I wouldn't even have done massages at all, seeing them as a luxury item.

Now, however, I see self-care as essential. Self-care involves all
of me—body, mind and spirit. Each one of those needs different things,
from exercise and healthy food to relaxation techniques to quiet time
with my energy source. Some things care for all of me, such as massages.
Massages don't feel like a luxury anymore. I know what a difference they
make to my body, mind and spirit.

What do you do for your self-care? Do you need to carve out time for
more? Are you at burnout right now? If you are, please don't wait.

Take care of yourself today; you are worth it!

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