Self-care: what I do just for me
Self Care Quiz
Gather a piece of paper or journal, and a pen. Before you begin writing, move into a deeper state of presence, a focused attention on your physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions.
Pause for a moment, take a deep breath in… and out.
In… and out.
And one more time, in… and out.
What do I do for myself – just for me, right now?
What are the gestures of gentleness, kindness, and honest clear seeing I offer myself?
Pause to write your list.
“Each of you is perfect the way you are… and you can use a little improvement.”
I can, in the same breath, acknowledge my perfection with gentle and kind thoughts, AND, with honest clear seeing, notice ways in which to grow, evolve and improve.
I am perfect the way I am, and I can use a little improvement.
I am going to put on my life coach hat on for a moment:
With this hat on, I perceive you as one of my students of life. I’m imagining us having just concluded a 50 minute deep-dive conversation on your desire to have more time for yourself; to have the time to take better care of yourself, at which point, I give you a challenge. (I can imagine your face when I say, “I’m going to give you a challenge”! )
A challenge, in coaching, means that the coach gives the coachee homework; an action or project that is typically out of their “comfort zone”. In the case of a challenge, the coachee has the ability to say “yes, I’ll take on the challenge”, “no, I’m not taking on the challenge”, or “yes, but I want to negotiate the terms.”
Self care challenge.
Over the next two weeks, three times each day, you are challenged to move into presence using the breath (as we did earlier in the post), and then ask yourself the question, “What can I do right now to be 5 – 10 % more comfortable?”