One of the greatest feats as a human being is to know how to BE yourself and CARE for yourself. – Ummm…me. 🙂
This is why I encourage my clients to build a self-care toolkit.
When you feel run down or less than optimal you can pull out your self-care toolkit and make the necessary appointments and adjustments to get back on track.
Keep in mind that you’re constantly going to be updating your toolkit. You may trade in distance running for swimming or shorter HIIT workouts to avoid the pounding on your knees or add more mobility and stretching to your strength training routine. Maybe you try acupuncture and toss that in the toolkit or perhaps you trade in a scoop of ice cream for a green protein smoothie when cravings strike.
Luckily, there’s a myriad of tools out there to build your personal self-care toolkit.
You can open that toolkit up with confidence whenever we need to bring yourself back to an optimal state.
So what does a self-care toolkit look like?
Here are a few examples:
- green juice
- midday nap
- acupuncture and herbs
- chiropractic adjustments
- massage and foam rolling
- a relaxing getaway with your significant other or a staycation
- an uplifting quote or convo with a friend
- a home cooked healthy meal
- an extra hour of sleep
Whenever you want to resort to self-sabotaging methods that used to be your go-to like eating processed foods, late night desserts, getting angry and lashing out a friend or family member, or making excuses, you learn to put down that rusty old tool and pick up a shiny new one out of your toolkit, because now you’ve learned a new way to BE.