We’ve asked Kelly Cuesta, our resident LeadMore blogger to share her insights from the first quarter of LeadMore. In January we delved into the topic of Purpose, in February – the month of love – we explored the Self-care. These are Kelly’s reflections…
“I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do have everything at the same time.” – Oprah Winfrey
Self-care was interesting session looking at balancing out multiple demands and thriving – What does self-care mean to me?
We explored with Jo Kaye – Founder of The Breath Academy what it means to be kind to ourselves. It was interesting to reflect on the different dimensions of ‘me’ (physical, relational, spiritual, professional, etc), around the roles I play and also around time (my future self, my past self…). Sometimes, stopping things might be hard, we keep ourselves busy and fill our time. However, it is great to find some space FOR US, a pause in the day, to meditate and reflect / listen deeply to ourselves.
I came from that mindset that self-care or taking care of myself was all about spoiling myself, going to the spa, eating some chocolate and so on. It was something linked to a vanity aspect. However, I did not know how to take care of myself from an integral standpoint. There are a lot of possibilities in self-care: pausing, choosing, setting boundaries, feeling the feelings, asking for help, having fun…
Now, I have incorporated some new things in my life and nurturing my inner self is part of taking care of myself, reading, allow myself to take mini breaks between work meetings and avoid that zoom fatigue, sleep 8 hours, practicing meditation before sleep, keeping a gratitude journal on daily basis, improving my diet, and cultivating my creativity by coloring.
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