Continuing my recent sharings on self care for the second part of my birthday I took two nights, away (my son is 6 years old now – woot!) just for myself to go to a one day yoga workshop and spend two nights in a house on the Sunshine Coast with some girlfriends.
Beyond the birthday float session I already wrote about, the real gift I gave myself on my birthday was this yoga weekend (because who needs presents, I personally prefer presence).
For while the float tank session was really beautiful it was still very time limited so within a couple of hours I was back into life again. But the yoga weekend with my friends, for me was all about making time for me in more deeper, more nourishing and slow paced way.
How it unfolded
I left home mid arvo on Friday and took some time to get settled in at the house. I enjoyed some lovely time re-connecting with a girlfriend on the drive up and that night we had an easy dinner, we all bought some food, we had left overs and even a late night stroll to the beach to howl at the moon.
As a water lover, I enjoyed several glorious child free dips in the pool and to keep it simple, this same lesiurely child-free pace continued over the next day and a half.
The next day I woke early, walked to the beach just after the sun had risen, had a swim in the pool, did a whole heap of yoga at Yogafest (plus some shivasana meditations once my muscles were pooped), and returned home for another swim in the pool before dinner.
Overall, this weekend meant that everything was done in a leisurely easy, no fuss pace. Contrary to what my life is usually like with its schedules, clock watching, being super organised and always a few steps ahead.
What I noticed
And in doing all this ‘me time’ over 1.5 days, I really let myself slow down and breathe .. got out of my head and gave very little thought to anything more than what I needed right now.
I was present, relaxed and fully in my body – letting things happen easily again.
I don’t know about you but I sometimes find that when I’m busy it’s too easy to neglect my body’s needs (and I don’t mean food) .. I’m talking about what the body need to feel cared for, doing exercise or some movement, engaging some meditation and stillness, or just breathing in lots of fresh air and getting some down time.
I do believe that the mind and body both deserve as much respect and nurturing as each other. So with that in mind I thoroughly enjoyed the time I took for myself and with my friends. I felt so much more settled, rested and contented inside that whole time I was away and even when I returned home.
It felt so good infact, that I decided taking 1- 2 days for me each year is something I will do again. That in truth I must make time for, if Im really looking after me.
Just some time away from my family, away from the pressures of life to just re-fuel my tank. And while I endeavour to refuel my tank often in mico forms of self-care, I do think our birthdays are an opportunity (or a very good excuse) to do it even more fully or become immersed in you like I did for a full day or more. Because I deserve it and so do you.
Some questions for you now
How could you (or do you) do something like this yoga weekend away that represents some form of self-care for yourself. It doesn’t have to be on your birthday, and you don’t even have to go anywhere.
But if it was all about feeling good, what could you do this week to give yourself a little self-care? What are those things the help you?
Is it having a coffee, is it getting a foot massage, is it getting your hair done, allowing yourself to have a nap while your children rest or listening to some music instead of doing housework?
What is it? And whatever it is, make sure you feel good about it, don’t blame or be guilty about it because that defeats the whole purpose of doing it.
You need to do it because it’s ok with you. So contemplate that. Think about that. Feel unto what you could do for you this week and even on a more regular basis too.
And give more thought to this idea of self-care just because you deserve it.
Namaste for now.
About the author
Bree Taylor Molyneaux is a Brisbane based happiness coach, clinical hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing® practitioner, self-care and personal renewal facilitator, mother and wife. She founded Aspire Hypnotherapy, coaches women in a wide range of areas, runs restorative + self-care retreats, and has a range of and hypnosis downloads available. Read more about Bree here.