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Are you taking care of yourself?
There are so many different aspects of yourself, and for each person who is reading or listening to this, you'll interpret it differently.
If your body is stretched, you'll be thinking this has to do with taking care of your body.
If your relationships are testing you, you'll be thinking this has to do with boundaries, or speaking your truth, or in general about taking care of yourself in your relationships.
If your business or work are burning you out, you'll be wondering if it's time for some time out, to take some space back away from it, or some distance from what you're doing so that you can gain a higher perspective.
And of course, if you've been lacking in your spiritual connection, feel lost and confused about what life is throwing at you at the moment, you'll be wondering if you're meditating, doing yoga, or journaling enough.
The thing is, it's all of these things. And you might be thinking, "But Suzanne! I can't be thinking of all of these things all the time! I'd never get anything done!"
Oh yes, you would.
In fact, you'd get more done than you ever thought imaginable.
What is 'deliberate self-care'?
Deliberate self-care simply means that it is constantly at the forefront of your mind.
That no matter what comes up, you're thinking about how to take care of yourself, first.
I know this sounds selfish, but it's not. Selfishness would mean that in any situation, you'd be thinking of how you could get the most out of it, or out of someone, without regard to them.
Self-care is about making sure that you're not being stomped on, making sure that your body's needs are being taken care of, and that your not overextending yourself in an effort to win favor, get too much done than is really needed, and generally keep all of your own needs aside.
But, your own needs are what really matter, and they are often what is neglected the most.
Do you know how often we simply ignore our body's request for more water? Or how often do you keep agreeing to do more, when you know you're exhausted and just need a break right now?
When you're living in Divine Flow - all the time - none of these things happen.
You know exactly that it's time for some water, and you stop and drink some. You know exactly when it's a time for a mind shift, and you choose to take a break and change your mindset or your activities for a while until that shift happens.
You pay attention to your all your needs: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
When your relationships - whether they be work, community, family or primary - start getting testy, or strange in a way you can't understand in the moment, you might start asking yourself first and foremost: "What do I need right now?" as a default question throughout the day.
And I guarantee you, you'll get an answer in your mind, immediately. An answer always comes to you when you ask a question of your Higher Self. There are simply no qualms about it. It's quick, it's immediate, simple and clear.
You might start asking yourself first and foremost: "What do I need right now?" as a default question throughout the day.
When the opportunity is given you to take on more, to do more, to broaden your responsibilities and commitments in any way, decide to take a moment to reflect before committing.
A few good questions to ask would be:
With these thoughts in mind, Deliberate Self-Care can and should be at the forefront of your mind, all throughout the day.
You'll have healthier relationships, a strong and resilient body, and satisfying activities on your plate daily. With all three of these things in tip-top shape, success just becomes a habit.
You'll be able to stay in the game and be happier for the long-haul, accomplish a great deal more, and never, ever experience any burnout. It's a constant journey. A marathon, not a sprint.
People will begin to see it in you, trust you to be steady and reliable, and will come to you for greater opportunities that will serve the whole better.
I am wishing all the greatest self-care you can deliberate over on a daily basis.