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Self Care

3 Aug 2016   Shanti Gowans
 
It is so important to pause and take the time you need to rest, relax, and restore.
 
Everyone needs some time for temporary disengagement, where you are no longer moving toward any goal or deadline.
 
Sometimes you have to make the choice, for yourself, to hold off on checking emails, scheduling meetings, or attending social events.
 
When you do this, you create space for the Self
 
Stop asking, “What do I need to do next? What else do I need to cross off my to-do list? . . .” and allow yourself to just be . . . without external distractions or obligations. 
 
You are a human being, not human doing. 
 
So how do you find this sense of integrity in your life, particularly when work and stress seem to make their way home with you no matter what? The answer lies in self-care.
 
The best way to practice self-care is to implement habits that benefit your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. 
 
This break for self-restoration and relaxation can occur in the wake of any activity and can last for a few moments, hours, days or weeks.
 
You can adjust the day from your ongoing responsibilities to stand up to finish your watercolor, dance to music, get on the yoga mat, close your eyes for a few moments . . . just to remember what that feels like.
 
You may take it further, and step out of daily life to go on a retreat, to spend some time in nature, or to take a sabbatical. In each self-care moment, you simply stop whatever you were doing for someone else; and take the “me time” you need. 
 
Make it a point to practice self-care on a regular, daily basis, even if it’s only for ten minutes. 
 
When you regularly include love, attention, and care to your own body, mind, and soul, you begin to notice how good you feel, and how much more energy you have to give to others! 

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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography


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