Self Love & Self Care
In The New Year
By Mike Bennett Kripalu Yoga Teacher
One week into the New Year, some people are focused on losing weight, quitting an unhealthy habit, learning a new language, and the list of resolutions go on for days. Most people are thinking about resolutions to take better care of their mind and body. The New Year is always seen as a time for new beginnings. In reality every moment, every breath is a chance at a new beginning; a chance to let go of the pain of the past and release the anxiety of the future. Every breath is the opportunity to live in the present moment and create new healthy habits. Cultivating health and happiness is a proactive process and requires conscious, mindful action. This is known as Self-Care.
But what is Self-Care? Self-Care is our divine right and responsibility. Self-care is preventative medicine for the numerous stress-related illnesses that plague our society.There are different types of self-care foundational, structural, and practical. The most basic being Practical. All of the small actions taken on a daily basis and the gratitude that comes from these right choices,help to cultivate health and happiness. There is no better way to exhibit self-love as taking the time to care for yourself.
Self-Care is the key to avoiding the negative effects of stress. When it comes to practical self-care it is as simple as making sure your core needs are met. Drink Water. Eat a Healthy meal. Exercise Moderately. Sleep. Go for a walk. Take a shower. It is often not the practice that is the hard part it is remembering in a moment of stress to check in. It is difficult to be able to draw our attention back into ourselves to make sure we are happy and healthy when faced with the numerous distractions of our daily lives. That is the work. The work of Yoga and Meditation is regaining awareness and bringing attention back to the point of concentration after the mind has wandered without judgement.
The habits and attitudes we create for ourselves go a long way in determining how happy and healthy we are. Managing our energy and focusing on the simple things in life can have an immensely positive impact on our overall vitality. Let us put away superficial resolutions this year and focus on taking better care of ourselves mindfully. Bringing awareness daily to our self-care needs and practices. Charlie Chaplin once wrote:
“As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.”
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