Today marks the first day of Spring! It's the perfect time to create new rituals (or habits) that will support your self-care during this transition period. Here are 3 Spring Self-Care Rituals to get you started.
It's easy to lose ourselves in our jobs, in our friends, or worse yet, the TV! Not that any of those are necessarily bad. We can find significance in our job. We can feel seen when we are around our friends. Even spending time watching your favorite show can be an important tool for decompressing after a long day--and, after all, it’s the enjoyment of great art which draws us to it. But spending too much time relying on anything outside of yourself to make you happy will likely lead to disconnection from self. When you take time for self-care you are reminding yourself that you are important. This is where we find our self-esteem.
We live our lives at such a fast pace. We seem to be working more hours and juggling more tasks both at work and home, with no relenting. As part of the technological age, we are connected 24/7, and we find it difficult to switch off. It has changed the face of how we live and work. Expectations are higher, the pace of life is quickening, and we’re struggling to keep up.
In a High-tech World, It Pays to Reach Out Physician and holistic health pioneer Rachel Naomi Remen once confessed that as a pediatric intern she was an unrepentant baby kisser, often smooching her little patients as she made her rounds at the hospital. She did this when no one was looking because she sensed her colleagues would frown on her behavior, even though she couldn't think of a single reason not to do it. The lack of basic human contact in our high-tech medical system reflects a larger social ill that has only recently started to get some attention--touch deprivation. The cultural landscape is puzzling. On the one hand, we are saturated in suggestive messages by the mass media; on the other hand, the caring pediatrician is afraid someone might look askance at her planting a kiss on a baby's forehead. What's wrong with this picture?