Me Time: How To Develop Positive Self-Care Habits
Me Time—Time for the whole me? The better question to ask yourself is: how do I NOT have time for the whole me? Wellness is a time investment. I know what you are thinking! “But I have four children, a husband, a job, a business, social obligations, and a house to clean. There is just no TIME left over for me”.
I am sure you have heard the airplane analogy many times, but during this past year I have heard it over and over again. Every time I fly, I hear the flight attendant instruct us that if the cabin loses air pressure, the oxygen masks will appear and use them on you before trying to help the child or other person who may need assistance. Why do you think this is? It’s because if YOU run out of oxygen, you will be of NO use to the person you are trying to help.
One of the very favorite concepts I learned in a psychology class was the Gestalt theory, and that is “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Something about that concept always intrigued me, so I have always been drawn to the idea of wholeness or balance. Again, you are thinking about the “time” issue. You don’t have time set aside to nourish the wholeness that is crying out for attention. Let’s break it down to manageable parts.
Positive Self-Care Habits
There are several dimensions of wellness, and wellness is more than diet, weight, and exercise. Whole person wellness includes 12 areas: self responsibility and love, breathing, sensing, eating, moving, feeling, thinking, playing and working, communicating, intimacy, finding meaning and spirituality. These dimensions of wellness are based from the work of Dr. John Travis. Rare is it when someone is balanced in all areas.
The series over the next 5 weeks will address how you can incorporate change, balance and wellness, and allow yourself permission to take the time for yourself. Kaizen steps are a concept that breaks down a goal into very small parts. You cannot possibly take on all areas of wellness and try to change everything all at once. As you decide what area of your life is most pressing for change, then work on one or two areas and focus on only one or two small goals within the areas you have chosen.
Using Kaizen principles, time management of self-care is not only possible, but can be almost effortless. I will share with you tips to utilize the nooks and crannies of your life to develop positive self-care habits like conscious breathing, movement, healthy eating on the run, more play, and quality quiet time. You will learn to say “yes” to you, because you will discover: there is no time, like NOW time.
How do you find time for yourself throughout the day or week? In what ways have you established positive self-care habits?
Joyce Harrell is a Mom, Wife, Nana, Nurse, Health & Wellness Coach, Low Glycemic Mind-Body Transformation Coach, Author, Certified Vision Board Coach, and Aromatherapist. Her unique talent is to empower self-acceptance and purposeful living utilizing wellness principles, low glycemic education, vision boards, and essential oils. Joyce emphasizes simple principles for individuals who desire to feel better about whom they are as they are empowered to bring positive changes to their emotional and physical selves. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, Joyce has also received training as a wellness coach through Wellcoaches, and The Wellness Inventory coaching programs. She has co-authored the soon to be released book Heart of Success.
In addition to her Health/Wellness coaching business, she has founded the organization Nurses On The Edge, for nurses who are stressed, eat on the run, or are on the edge of burnout in their nursing careers. Her wellness programs can be utilized by individuals, groups, or the workplace. You may contact Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org, or get on her mailing list at http://www.lowglycemicnurse.com. Receive your free copy of CPR for the Kitchen Pantry when you opt in for her newsletter.
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