• Let Your Dreams Drive Your Self-Care

    Dreams

    It seems like everyone has advice on the self-care you should be doing. I guess I’m no different. But hopefully I’ll have a different take on it than you’re used to… at least this time.

    If You Can Dream It

    Today I want to talk about your dreams and what you’re going to need to make some of those dreams come true. I’m not talking about money, although you might need that. I’m talking about time and the physical/mental/emotional ability to fulfill your dreams.

    What dreams do you have? This is important, because if you don’t know what you want to do, you won’t know what kind of self-care it will take to achieve your dreams.

    If you want to travel, the first thing you’re going to need (after money) is time. You might need to be able to physically lift your luggage and move it from place to place. If you plan to fly, you’ll need to be able to physically make it through the airport security line as well emotionally able to deal with possibly aggressive TSA agents. You’re also going to have to be able to sit for long periods of time. Some of your self-care may need to include: meditation, gentle exercise to maintain or improve strength, and yoga, pilates, or other flexibility enhancing activity to help straighten yourself out after lots of sitting.

    If you want to knit or crochet afghans for the homeless, you’re going to need to maintain agility in your hands and fingers. You’re going to need to maintain flexibility in your neck and shoulders.
    Some of your self-care may include: gentle stretching to work out the kinks from sitting bent over for long periods of time.

    If you want to learn to scuba dive, and dive somewhat regularly, you’re going to need to have the strength to be able to swim for long distances with an 30-40 lb air tank on your back. You’ll also need to be able to regulate your breathing so as to not use up your air too quickly. You’re also going to need to be able to remain calm if something goes wrong while you’re underwater.
    Some of your self-care may include: strength training, quitting smoking (you can’t scuba dive if you have COPD or difficulty breathing), mindfulness practice, and eating healthy (you don’t want to run out of energy while you’re 80 feet under water).

    What Is Self-Care?

    Self-care can encompass a lot of things. Some general categories are:

    • Getting enough rest on a regular basis
    • Having and maintaining scheduled downtime
    • Taking part in enjoyable activities on a regular basis
    • Cutting out activities or people who drain your energy
    • Exercising or moving to combat problems brought on by a sedentary lifestyle
    • Eating healthy
    • Meditation or other mindfulness practice
    • Drinking enough water to stay fully hydrated
    • Saying no to anything that isn’t an emphatic yes
    • Putting your needs above other people’s needs – you can’t serve from an empty vessel
    • Strength training
    • Cardio training
    • Stretching
    • So much more depending on what your dreams are

    What are your dreams? Will you be able to achieve them with your current level of self-care, or will you need to up your game? Feel free to share your dreams and what self-care you’ll do to make sure you can achieve them in the comments. (And of course, feel free to share this with your social media circles.)