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Thanks for visiting today for part three in the series “What It Means To Lead a Heart-Centered Life.” I am glad you are here, I am excited to share four key areas of self-care that are vital to you as a heart-centered woman.
Not sure what it means to live a heart-centred life? Please read the two posts before reading further. Start here #1 >> What Does it Mean to Live a Heart-Centered Life and #2 >> 3 Ways to Put a Heart-Centered Life into Action.
Are you back? Okay, let’s dig in and discover the four key areas of self-care you must love on as a heart-centered woman.
Spiritual Health Self-Care
In order to live out a heart-centered life, spiritual health is a priority in your self-care routine. Intentionally spend time in prayer and meditation on a daily basis. Be still. Listen. As you become further aware of the higher power that guides, you will find yourself on a journey wherein you experience an even further awakening. One where you acknowledge that you are a spiritual being of love, and you realize that you are connected to all people thru this spirituality. You were not meant to live alone, you were designed by God to live in a community, both physically and spiritually. Even as the sole survivor on a deserted island, you can connect to the divine energy that dwells within you. Once you do this, you just can’t help but live a happy and heart-centered life.
Emotional Health Self-Care
A healthy balance in your life plays a major role in your emotional well being. It is far too easy to neglect yourself while trying to serve others, using excuses like, ‘there isn’t enough time’ or ‘after I _______'(fill in the blank with whatever you put first in your own life), but guess what? The age-old saying ‘you can’t give from an empty cup is as true today as it was centuries ago.
My dear girlfriend, you MUST spend time on you!! Emotions are powerful, if you are not worth even a few minutes of your day, what does this say to the people in your life? What are you teaching your children about being kind to themselves? How are you handling your emotions and expressing your feelings to others? Does your life exhibit balance and contentment to everyone around you?
Over the next week, implement my seven simple self-love practices that won’t cost you a penny. Your emotional health also requires a balance between work and play. The hours spent at work and at play vary at different times in your life, which is why it’s important to carve out small chunks of time now and create habits that focus on activities you value the most. Incorporate a regular self-care routine that helps set limits and boundaries before you reach emotional overload. Start small and build from there, even a few minutes a day will go a long way in boosting and maintaining your overall emotional health.
Start by grabbing a checklist with 16 ways to take care of yourself today!
Mental Health Self-Care
Your mental health influences how you act, and carry yourself in daily circumstances. Take care of your mental health so you can deal with difficulties, overcome obstacles and manage stress better. Try to become aware of your emotions, whether positive or negative. When you are aware of your emotions, you can take steps to react appropriately in situations and even learn how to change your behaviour. However, even people who have good strategies in place to manage stress and emotions can still have a mental health issue. If you or a loved one feel overwhelmed with sadness, confusion, fear or unable to cope, please talk to a loved one or your doctor. There are counsellors, groups and other forms of help available to help.
Meditation has been of huge benefit to me when it comes to mental health self-care. Meditation increases awareness of your mental state and of the world around you. Meditation lowers anxiety and stress levels by observing a time of quiet, stillness, and reflection. Meditation is basically the mental concentration on something and a state of profound peace when your mind is quiet yet totally alert. It is often thought of as an Eastern religion teaching that is contrary to Christianity. But meditation is a tradition rooted in the teachings of Jesus. There are many times in the Bible when Jesus sought solitude to pray, even for long periods of time.
When we partake in deep prayer, we awaken ourselves to a community and to a power that lies beyond our ordinary understanding. In turn, we experience a freedom from guilt, we stop striving to make something happen, and travel deeper into the unified consciousness of Jesus, into the wonder of our own creation. This acceptance, knowledge, and peace provide comfort even in the most difficult trials. Breethe, Simple Habit, and Calm are three mediation apps I tried, download a free meditation app onto your phone or tablet and get started.
When you take care of your mental health, it is easier to allow love to be at the centre of all that you do for yourself and for others. You develop a stronger desire to connect with others and love them well. You want only good for those around you and make an effort to help them find true meaning in their own life. This does not mean only ‘good’ things happen but rather that thru a faith in a higher power, you can maintain a firm belief that life is as it should be. I would not say that having parents battle the evil that is ‘cancer’ is necessarily good or that it made me happy. I can say that throughout their illness and even in their deaths, I found a strength bigger than myself which enabled me to share my faith and joy with them, bringing happiness even in their final hours. For this, I am thankful.
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Physical Health Self-Care
Your body is the temporary dwelling place for your soul. Yet taking good care of it is easier said than done sometimes, right? Or it is just me? Physical self-care is one area that I have struggled with. You might think someone with three autoimmune diseases, like me, would always make physical exercise a top priority. Indeed I value my physical well-being, but there are days I am totally exhausted, days I am in a great deal of pain, and other days I simply need extra rest.
As I become more and more in tune with my inner spirit, I hear that small voice in the stillness say, ‘it’s okay.’ I let go of the guilt and allow love for myself to reign. I am learning to adapt to what my body tells me; some days I am good to go and there is nothing better than a run on the trails, other days I am able to do a vigorous yoga routine, while other mornings I google yoga and stretches that restore or heal a specific body part. And it is all okay, rest is also a form of physical self-care. And hey, variety is the spice of life anyways!!
Be okay with where you are at but strive to improve your physical health. Always be open to learning something new, whether it is in regards to nutrition or exercise. Research physical activity and nutrition then adapt what you learn to follow your own unique path to physical wellness, listening to that inner voice as it whispers. Heck, sometimes it’s even shouting! Check out the benefits of stretching and learn a few easy stretches in this previous post >> “Stretching for Your Body, Mind, and Soul.”
***Always consult your physician before starting any major physical activity or making drastic changes to your diet.***
So there you have it, the four key areas vital to the self-care of a heart-centered woman. Share an area of self-care that is vital to you in the comments!
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