2) Sensuality. We are physical creatures. In the age of emails, carpools, credit cards, and Facebook… sometimes touch and sensuality get neglected. But, your physical en-JOY-ment of life is very important to your health. So think of things you can incorporate into your lifestyle that nourish your need for sensuality. When was the last time you went to the beach and dug your toes into the sand? How about a bath with scented salts? Are there certain fragrances that you love?? (Some of my favorites are cocoa, grapefruit and bergamot!) Find those wonderful natural aromas in pure essential oils! You can put a drop into the palm of your hand, cup it over your nose, and literally transport yourself to a blissful state, just by breathing! You could make a nightly ritual out of enjoying your favorite scents. Or add some essential oils into your favorite lotion or body-oil, for an after-shower sensuous self-massage time. Your body deserves love and touch! It will thank you!
3) Bed-times. In the coldest time of the year, it’s ideal to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. How much sleep do you get, and how *quality* is it? Is it easy for you to fall asleep? Do you sleep peacefully through the night? Do you wake up feeling refreshed and excited for a new day? If not… then consider reaching out for support. Sleep is your crucial rejuvenative time, in which body tissues literally re-create themselves, your liver detoxes, and your skin gets to breathe. You do not want to miss out on this anti-aging nightly ritual! Seek support (from a doctor, coach, wellness practitioner, etc.) if your sleep is not satisfactory. This is a very important aspect of self-care. You need and deserve quality rest.
4) Who do you spend your time with? In addition to knowing what TO do… a crucial part of self-care is deciding what NOT to do. What/who drains your energy? Jot these ideas down, and brainstorm with yourself, a good friend, or a coach about what you can let go of in your life that is draining your energy. If you really are open to the idea, you will find surprising ways in which you can release obligations that are not serving you. The same goes for people. Is there anyone in your life who does not treat you with 100% total kindness, love and respect? Now is the time to think about the impact this is having on your self-esteem and health. Healthy boundaries serve and support everyone’s Highest Good. Think about ways in which you can choose to only spend time with those people who treat you well. You can even pick out a special new journal just for this purpose. Choose one that has beautiful colors you resonate with. Dedicate the journal by writing an intention for your gaining clarity around who you spend your time with. Then start to jot down your feelings and thoughts in this private, safe space, so that you can begin to reflect on what you reveal to yourself. Continue this as a live dialogue in your new journal, writing a bit every day if you can. You will see that as the first few weeks of January unfold, you’ll gain important clarity on who you want to spend time with, and who you may need to avoid or see in different ways. Your new insights will help you take the best care of yourself.