As women, we often tend to put ourselves at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to self-care. And when we do indulge, often times we feel guilty.
We have more responsibilities and all. I think that alone is should be enough reason for a regular chill, but we never seem to.
After unconsciously observing my cat’s daily indulgences (she has seven kittens), I decided to borrow a leaf from her self-care practice.
You deserve the best.
Mama cat is very cognisant of what she eats, where she sleeps, heck! I’m almost sure even how she she looks.
She has standards! The rest of us in the household have learnt to give only the best to her.
I think if women were to take a similar approach, the world would be falling over to meet our standards. Homework perhaps?
Kinda reminds of a quote I’ve heard numerous times from Les Brown “Most people aim too low and miss.”
Let’s UP to our best self, shall we? 🙂
Take time out.
Mama cat is the epitome of dropping her I-run-this-cul-de-sac ego.
For instance, every day after a lunch, she always indulges a luxurious nap. Yes, nap not siesta. She leaves her kitties playing or napping and cat walks into our house. She then proceeds to sprawl herself on her favourite living room chair without a care.
And there I am buried in my computer, huh!Sometimes I think she’s mocking me.
Lesson: Shut out occasionally, learn to delegate, take that long overdue massage or that mid day nap to rejuvenate.
Go ahead and retreat within, I assure you the world will continue rotating 🙂
Do you ever feel like you work so hard yet never have time to enjoy the fruits of your labor? I do, sometimes.
While I have a vegetable garden in my backyard that I tend to religiously, mama cat has beaten me to actually enjoying the beautiful result.
On sunny days, she’ll assemble her brood under the shady avocado tree to escape the heat and get a breath of fresh air. Me? I turn on the air con inside the concrete jungle
She sometimes naps on the mat at the front door taking in the scent of the roses. Again, I’m usually inside the concrete jungle buried in my laptop.
Lesson: Go outside and watch the beautiful butterflies, gaze at the skies, take a drive out of town into the fresh countryside air, enjoy the sun shining, read a romantic novel under a tree and roll-giggle … you get the drift 🙂
Now to my own mood-lifting routine …
Whenever my vibe plummets, I turn up the volume on Beyonce’s Girls run the world. I sing along loudly and dance in front of a full length mirror. Works like magic 🙂
What are your simple self-care tips? Share in the comments below