Self Care: 6 Tips to Develop Your Spirituality
The past few weeks we have brought awareness to the need of time management related to your self care and more specifically the care of your physical self. Time management for “me time” really includes so much more than our physical bodies. Utilizing small steps toward the time management of your spiritual care will result in a holistic balance. Most holistic practitioners promote a balance in body, mind, and spirit.
6 Tips for Developing Spiritual Care
Here are six tips to help you set aside “me” time for your spiritual care even for the most time challenged moms:
- Make early morning quiet time: Make the effort to get up before the rest of the household to give yourself quiet time is very beneficial. This time can be spent in prayer and or meditation.
- Learn yoga principles: You can incorporate yoga into everyday life. While you are cooking supper you can do a nice stretch and concentrate on your breath. Yoga can help you find that place of quiet and stillness within yourself. The word Yoga means “merging with God” in Sanskrit. This can also be combined with your early morning quiet time. It is also easy to find DVD’s to learn at home or join a local group.
- Apply Kaizen steps: Remember Kaizen steps are small steps that are so small they are laughable. These steps or goals that you create can start so small you don’t form a resistance to them. For instance, if I suggested that you start getting up one hour every day before the rest of the household, most of you would feel this “resistance” in your body to the very thought of it. So, think of getting up 5-15 minutes before the rest of your household to start, and spend this time in quiet utilizing the above mentioned prayer, meditation, yoga, or quiet time. You can gradually increase as you incorporate this pattern into your life.
- Practice faith activities: For those of you who have a house of worship, (whatever your faith is), look at this time as a time of reflection and spiritual growth. Take notes from the message that particularly speak to you, and use your notes as something to reflect on during the week. You can also find devotional books or books with inspirational quotes and take 5 minutes each day to reflect on your “inspiration for the day”.
- Listen to motivational/inspirational CDs: Purchase a few CD’s with motivational, reflective, spiritual, or devotional teachings and carry those in your car. When you are out running errands or on your way to and from work, this is an excellent opportunity for you to feed your spiritual life/personal growth while not having to set aside a separate time for this. If you are especially busy, I find this is a great way to add that piece to your life.
- Write in a journal: Purchase a nice journal and at the end of the day, write down your thoughts from the day and reflect on the times you were able to enrich your spirit that day.
If you are not used to taking quiet time for yourself, this can feel like an indulgence at first. It’s not a luxury. It is a necessity. Take time to develop your spiritual self and you will be amazed how this will have a positive impact on other areas of your life. Remember, we are holistic beings.
How do you develop your spiritual self? What is your favorite way to increase your spirituality?
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 [email protected], or get on her mailing list at http://www.nursecoachonline.com. Receive your free copy of CPR for the Kitchen Pantry when you opt in for her newsletter.
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