Practicing Self Care

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Wholeness
Self care, self love
You deserve to be pampered
Create a healthy you
Take care of yourself
Be gentle with yourself
Love

All mini pep talks I wrote to myself as I drafted a list of “practices” I wanted to commit to.

Daily Practices like

pray and meditate
yoga, if only for ten minutes
moisturize with coconut oil
diffuse essential oils
drink tea

And “Life” Practices like

bikram yoga
massages
manicures
hair appointments
fresh flowers
weekend getaways

And then I wrote myself a letter.

Hello Andrea,

I love you. You need to get out of your comfort zone and just start implementing these practices into your life. Be gentle and fogiving, but also know that the moment you engage fully in one of these practices the rest will fall into place naturally.

Start with bikram yoga tomorrow. Do that, then do it again. Go get a gel manicure. Who care if your nails are jagged and short? It’s their job. It’s like not hiring a hair stylist because you think your hair is gross. That’s the point of having a hair stylist! 

So go get your manicures, and stop worrying about money. You need to reset yourself no matter the cost. You are actually saving money by practicing self care. This is preventative care I tell you. This is going to keep you healthy and sane and whole. So stop worrying and start doing.

The world will fight you on this, tell you to put x,y, and z in front of yourself, but listen to your truest voice, Andrea. It will tell you what to do.

And then I felt a surge of energy and calm and health and healing.

 

This is by far my hippie-est post, but stay with me. Do you practice self care? Do you really think *spending* money to pamper yourself could save you money and protect your health in the long wrong?

What could you start doing tomorrow to help create your healthiest you? And what are your favorite practices?

 

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  • Mikey W.

    I just wrote a post that didn’t post and it was like a novel but this was the gist:

    We live in such a turbulent age that our ideas of self typically revolve around the things we have, the beliefs we hold, the way others percieve us, and the way we percieve ourselves. This creates a static, fixed idea of who we are and who we want to be and causes a great deal of distress when we come up against obstacles in life that cause mental, spiritual, or physical suffering…or all three (#fuckcancer, btw).

    But wait! I’m certainly me and you’re certainly you. Not the other way around.

    The point is that if we are a reflection of the world around us, we are meant to perpetually change. In order to grow understand the radiance of our innerselves, we have to tear away the false notions of a static self that temporarily relieves it’s unsatisfaction through material possessions, feeding the ego and leading to the dark, winding path of greed, hatred, and delusion.

    I’m not sure how I got on the soapbox, but I have a weird fascination with the nature of the self — or what I consider to be “my” self. I try and practice self-awareness daily, not only through meditation but also in the seemingly mundane (walking, writing, working, etc.) which turns it from something mundane into something extraordinary. Letting our old ideas of a “fixed” self allows us a new “self” to grow, one that adaps, learns, changes, and find’s peace from within.

    Talk about some serious hippie-shit.

    Also, you want vinyassa flow. Bikram (in my exprience) is typically asura focused, meaning centered around the pose, whereas vinyassa is about the fluidity of breath that connects one pose to the next and enables you to breathe through some of the more advanced poses.

    But whatevs.

    I hope this one posts.
    #fuckcanceragain
    xoxoxo
    Mikey

    • http://andreaenright.net Andrea Enright

      MIKE. You were SO right. I wanted hot flow. Bikram is VIOLENT. It is like disjointed and ugh and UGH. I wanted to try it because it was close to me and I thought it would be detoxifying but NO. No no no. Will probably write a rant-y blog post about it- like- TODAY. I wanted connection and meditation and flow and gentle-ness and bikram is NOT that. Note to self- listen to Mikey.

      But I love your thoughts about the self. I’m right there with you. I am trying to find my truest self, while also acknowledging that that ‘Self’ can change over time. Talk about a mind trip. Oh and, GOSH you are smart. Oh and miss you.

      Also, loved your hashtags. #fuckcanceragainAGAIN

    • http://andreaenright.net/ Andrea Enright

      MIKE. You were SO right. I wanted hot flow. Bikram is VIOLENT. It is like disjointed and ugh and UGH. I wanted to try it because it was close to me and I thought it would be detoxifying but NO. No no no. Will probably write a rant-y blog post about it- like- TODAY. I wanted connection and meditation and flow and gentle-ness and bikram is NOT that. Note to self- listen to Mikey.

      But I love your thoughts about the self. I’m right there with you. I am trying to find my truest self, while also acknowledging that that ‘Self’ can change over time. Talk about a mind trip. Oh and, GOSH you are smart. Oh and miss you.

      Also, loved your hashtags. #fuckcanceragainAGAIN