Self-care. What is that? What is it to you? I’ve been asking my patients recently what they believe they do for self-care and most of them answer that they eat a healthy diet and exercise. This is the most basic form of self-care that helps us to have a foundation of good health. In the big scheme of things, these basics of self-care are not going to serve us to the extent that we may fully utilize our gifts and manifest our dreams in this lifetime.
So then, what is self-care? The practices of self-care help us to maintain a healthy, balanced, centered and grounded existence through all of life’s ups and downs. What do I do? I have many things in my bag of tricks. I find that I need more and more as I get older and have more responsibilities and life demands. I need a lot of different kinds of ways to express and release and most importantly, feel joy. One of my favorite things to do is dance. I dance by myself and in community. I also play guitar and piano, sing and write songs. I need to be in nature, whether walking at the beach, swimming in the ocean or going for long hikes. The moment my feet hit the sand, ocean or trail, I feel an immediate shift in my center and am grounded. The beach/ocean/waterfalls and nature have a profoundly positive effect on our health due to the large amount of beneficial ions presence. These ions have the ability to enhance immune function and balance the autonomic nervous system, promoting deep sleep and healthy digestion. I sit with friends and share stories about my life while listening to their journey and we cry and laugh together. I receive many forms of healing modalities: naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, massage, energy work, contrast hydrotherapy, and shamanic healing. And I have quality alone time, meditating, praying, journaling and visioning goals for all aspects of my life.
Now its your turn. What do you do? What do you miss doing? What do you feel you need to do but just haven’t had the motivation for it? Comment below! I would love to hear about it and maybe we can find a way to make it happen! Start a new type of self-care today and see what it opens up for you and how it may bring joy into your heart. Take the time to nourish yourself and watch as it expands out into everything you do.
Looking forward to taking this journey together!
Blessings to you,
Dr. Dorine Karlin, ND, LAc