I’m on the train heading to Melbourne for work as I write this. My walk to the station was particularly lovely this morning: the sun was beginning to rise and there were tinges of pink and orange in the sky. The air was relatively warm and the light very soft. At 7ish in Ballarat there aren’t too many cars around so my morning walk is a quiet and peaceful one. I love being up with the day as it wakes.
On the train, the sun had risen higher, casting a soft sheen over the paddocks as they go by. It’s a still morning so the dams are like mirrors reflecting the trees and sky. It was just so lovely to look out at this beautiful scene and for me, it’s emotionally uplifting.
When was the last time that you gave yourself some time just for you? It’s something we will often do for the people we love and care about in our life however it’s not something that we regularly do for ourselves. It’s so important that we make ourselves a priority in our life. Apart from the fact that we’re worth a little TLC (tender loving care) on a regular basis, it is good for us emotionally and physically.
Moments of self care need not be expensive or time consuming. A favourite one of mine are to sit in my favourite chair with a new magazine, a cup of licorice tea and some gentle music on in the background. Another is to have a beautiful mix of essential oils in my diffuser as I do yoga. Just the other day for reasons unknown I decide to light the tea light candles in the bathroom whist I was having my morning shower: it just seemed to add a little something to my morning routine and made me feel special.
Having recently attended a mindfulness workshop with Marg of Zen Reflections I was reminded of how important it is to take care of ourselves. My work days are long and filled with activity, much of which is to assist others. There are days where I feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks I have to complete and the responsibility to get things done and to know all so the opportunity to have a day where I focused on just me was something I couldn’t pass on. At the workshop I was reminded of things I have learnt before, learnt new things, was treated to delicious food and overall was allowed to relax in the company of others in a nurturing space and be still – certainly not something that I get to do for a whole day. It felt indulgent and I enjoyed it all.
The workshop inspired me to share a little of my learnings from the day in my latest post: I hope you will enjoy it.
Until next time, wishing you a delicious day filled with love, laughter, happiness AND self-care!
Joanna xo 🙂