Lately, I've been refueling. See, sometimes I stop taking care of myself, in order to put others first.
Since everybody is different, that may work for some people. However, for me, I know I can't actually be of any use to anyone else if I am not taking care of myself first. I can't be a good friend, pup-parent, human, lover, giver, or healer if I'm not one with myself. So when I realize I've been slacking, I fuel up.
fresh flowers in my home
cleaning my living space
paying attention to what i'm eating (or not eating)
taking time to let my body rest
writing, writing, writing
listening to myself and then following through
dance parties (this is key, friends)
meditation, twice a day, every day
checking in with my life goals, setting 5 small ones for the week
not picking up my phone or responding to texts if i'm not truly available for the person
saying 'no' to invitations, social events, get-togethers, etc
wearing a tiara while at home (try it)
only reading books, listening to music, and watching shows that motivate me
cooking (instead of picking food up all the time)
lots of yogi tea in my favorite mugs
keeping an eye on what i think/say about myself
following my bliss (go get that latte, smile at strangers, sing at full volume)
creating art, painting, writing new songs, crafting, etc
loving myself extra
and the cool thing is when i realize i'm taking care of myself, i see these things in action. i'll literally have no idea where my phone is for the whole day, i'll be cooking up a storm, dancing around my house with that tiara on my head, laughing loudly and doing exactly what i want to do without worrying about anyone else.. and then i can go back to serving the world, fueled up and ready for life.
how do you take care of yourself?
p.s. apparently, it is april 6th here in my house.. those tear off calendars always get me..