Thank you for visiting! Walking the Walk is meant to be a source to assist you in your quest for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Through my own lifestyle, I hope to give you creative ideas that make adopting a healthier, more holistic lifestyle as enjoyable and easy for you as possible!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Importance of Self Care

The Vancouver coastline

Yes, we all have obligations to people and tasks in our lives.  Far too often, we put ourselves last in an effort to appease everyone else and we find ourselves constantly saying "yes" to everything that is asked of us.  Consider this quote provided by one of my favorite professors:
"When you never say 'no', your 'yes' isn't worth very much."
In this world we value the rare, so ration your "yes"'s and spend the rest of your time doing some (or all) of the following:

  • read a book
  • take a long, relaxing bath
  • meditate (or just close your eyes and take deep breaths in and out)
  • go to your _____ (insert any sport here) league to play a game
  • go for a long walk, taking lots of detours to meander through public parks
  • go to a pottery class
  • write in your journal 
  • make something (knitting, sewing, woodwork, painting) 
  • take a nap
  • crank your ipod and have a one-person dance party in your apartment
  • spend all day in a used book store
  • spend all day in a cozy cafe with your sketchbook
  • make music with anything from a piano to an empty ice cream tub
Fostering your creative side and honouring your self care regime will add balance to your life and ensure that you enjoy life and don't feel burnt out.  

Have a wonderful day!

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