While scrolling through Instagram recently, I saw a post from Tracee Ellis Ross where she shared what her self-care consists of. I was pleasantly surprised that she mentioned using "no" as a full sentence, setting boundaries, knowing what she can and can't handle (i.e. going home early when going out). The post resonated with many, but it got me thinking. How many people consider these actions as self-care? Do people really work on non-physical self-care, and make it a priority? Most of us probably think of face masks, bubble baths, watching TV to disconnect mindlessly, a glass of wine, working out, or even eating right as typical forms of self-care, but self-care is so much more than that!
Tracee mentions several forms of non-physical self-care that are all part of her larger self-care toolbox. This brings me to ask you, are these part of your self-care routine that you practice normally, or prioritize? If the answer is no, take some time to really think of where you are falling short. Make a list of how can you improve in these areas, and how you can make them part of your day to day? I know it's not easy and might take some time, and that's ok. All good things take time 😉
An amazing tool that I have been utilizing to figure out where I’m falling short is Human Design. I've been able to unlock detailed information specific to me, on what I should be doing for optimal wellbeing. You might be wondering, what is Human Design? I'm glad you asked. I like to think of it as your cosmic blueprint. It's literally a blueprint from the universe of how you are made, what your unique makeup is, how to best navigate the world we live in. It covers everything from how you should make decisions, your life purpose, to digestion. Jovain Archive defines Human Design as the following:
...a synthesis of ancient and modern sciences, it offers profound insights into your psychology, along with strategies and techniques for making correct decisions and ultimately leading to a life of more ease and fulfillment.
If you still aren't sure what it is, think Myers-Briggs but utilizing astrology, the I Ching, Kabbalah and Vedic philosophy.
Using Human Design, I've discovered that living a slow life is where I thrive! Setting boundaries, and saying no are key in this crazy hustle culture life we live in, my stress levels increase when I don't rest frequently, heart pumping exercises works best for my body, music can positively impact my mood (especially when working out), to keep my mind in tip-top shape I need to not under eat (low calorie diets are out), and creativity/the arts can help me release negative, or pint up emotions. I've taken all this goodness from my Human Design chart and shaped the perfect self-care plan for myself. In just a few weeks I've felt more energetic, I'm content, or rather balanced, and my sleep has improved!
Wouldn't you like something like this? A personal self-care plan, tailored to your unique makeup? Wouldn't you want to feel amazing, and be your best self? This is all possible and within reach! As a part of my expansion into wellness coaching (I'm currently studying to be a certified wellness coach though the National Association of Sports Medicine), I've decided to create two offers to provide uniquely designed self-care and wellness. I'll be offering downloadable self-care plans, unique to you based on your human design, and one-on-one wellness coaching. If you want to learn more, I invite you to CLICK HERE and review the program details. If you already know you want more of this cosmic goodness, then join the waitlist. I'll email you when the beta program launches in May 2023. During the beta program, I'll be selecting a few lovely ladies to test the program for free! So what are you waiting for? I'm excited to help you take your self-care to the next level and create a toolbox full of everything you need to feel comfort and joy in your day-to-day life.