Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In praise of self-care

Last week as I made to-do lists and lists of what to bring to the lake for the week—and as I wrote blogs for all the vacation days I'd be away—I also scheduled time to visit my favorite salon and get a pedicure.

Ah, what a treat in the midst of a busy schedule. The woman who gave me my pedicure urged me to just sit back, enjoy the chair massage, browse through magazines and soak up the care she gave me. I did just that. It was only an hour. But it was such a relaxing and enjoyable hour. I savored the leg massage, the lotion she applied, the care she gave my toes. I didn't think, even once, about the work awaiting me back at home. I was in a far different inner space than I'd been all morning preceding my appointment.

Years ago I would never have taken the time nor spent the money for what I deemed a luxury. Now I see such things as good self-care. It's more than care of my body. It's care of my mental state and my soul, for it puts me in such a relaxed and open space inside. I came home in a far more creative space, ready to write these blogs and tackle the rest of my to-do list.

What do you do for self-care that you used to consider unnecessary or a luxury? Or don't you? Are you open to trying something new? When you do good things for yourself, you are far more gracious and willing to do them for others, too. These things can be the gifts that keep on giving.

Do something nice for yourself today!

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