I am a huge advocate of self-care. To me, self-care is about understanding yourself: how your mind works, how to make your body function at its best, what keeps you in good spirits, being aware of when your self-care needs amping up, and how to do that when you need to. It’s about making sure that you prioritise yourself and your well-being. Most importantly, self-care is not a selfish act but is in fact, a responsible act.
As this is a Wordless Wednesday post I won’t go into detail on what I believe self-care is or isn’t. I’ll save that for a future post! Meanwhile, I do love a good quote so can’t help indulging myself by sharing two today. I believe so much can be conveyed and learnt by them. In addition to the quote used on today’s image:
Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.
~ Parker Palmer
I’d like to also share the following quote:
Rest and self-care are so important … you cannot serve from an empty vessel.
~ Eleanor Brown
Recently, I’ve been sick and feeling run down. My vessel needs re-filling and some attention, so I’m taking a little break from blogging (a week or two – I’ll play it by ear!). I know myself and at the moment I need to lighten the expectations I place on myself and take some time to recalibrate. As much as I love writing and blogging, for a little while at least – I need less time sitting at a computer typing and editing and more time outdoors. Nature is my healer. I need to get back into my walking. If I wait until my feet are pain free it could take forever and we all know the saying ‘use it or lose it’! I need to get out and about with my camera more and hopefully reignite my passion for photography (I’ve barely touched my camera lately). I need to get some chores done that have been bugging me – like tidying up my linen cupboard, and shopping for material to cover some cushions, and lots more! I need to get myself into a routine that provides me with a more healthy balance than currently is the case.
By doing all the above I will return to my blog with my vessel filled-up, a better routine sorted for myself, and with plenty of stories to share. Till I return, take care of yourselves!
Ciao for now,
[Note: The image used for today’s post was taken at Byron Bay. To see the image at actual size, 1) click on the image and a smaller version appears, 2) click on smaller version and the actual sized image appears. Click the back arrow on your browser to return.]