Are you taking care of yourself?
There are so many different aspect of yourself, for each one of you 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, in general about taking 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, some space back, 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, 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.
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 take a break and do something else for a while.
You pay attention to your body's needs.
And when relationships start getting testy, or strange in a way you can't understand in the moment, you ask yourself by default, "What do I need right now?"
There's simply no qualms about it.
And when the opportunity is given you to take on more, to do more, to broaden your responsibilities and commitments in any way, you 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, every moment of the day.
In this way, you can stay in the game for the long-haul, accomplish a great deal more, and never, ever experience any burnout.
You'll have healthy relationships, a healthy body, and with all three of these things in tip-top shape, success just becomes a habit. People 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.
Wishing all the greatest self-care you can deliberate over in the coming week!