Like everyone else, Witches have jobs, families, are in school, take care of aging parents, are buried in laundry. Any or all of these sound familiar? The responsibilities of everyday life often interfere with our ability to effectively take care of ourselves. For women especially, taking time for ourselves often inspires feelings of guilt. We are raised to put our families and others before ourselves. However, taking time to take care of yourself is not only a good idea but vital if we wish to continue to be there for ourselves and others, not to mention finding the energy to work effective magick.
Self-care is often defined as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness. We all need restful sleep, good nutritious food, less caffeine, time for doing things that bring us joy such as reading, creating art, dancing, writing, etc., drinking more water, exercise, maybe regular meditation, and fresh air in our lives. Trying to find the time to do any of these beneficial things that bring us joy and make us healthier can be hard to come by.
Novel idea here. Schedule regular time for self-care and make some of it indulgent and fun. Lock the bathroom door, take a bubble bath and read romance novels if that's going to make you happy! Figure out when you can meditate for 10 minutes a day even if it means putting in headphones during lunch break at work to shut out the noise or meditate while you take a walk; you’ve combined meditation and exercise at the same time! Do find time to do something active that you enjoy such as taking a walk, swimming, or Tai Chi; it’s good for you physically and can also open you up to more magickal possibilities as you move. Find ways to create art that involves your kids or grandkids if you need to so that you get the chance to do what you love. Carry a great water bottle with you so that you always have water available Try drinking it up after every cup of coffee you consume; caffeine is a natural diuretic and it’s a great way to rehydrate yourself! Try planning a week’s worth of menus, shop for the items, and prepare them as planned; not only will you make better choices but you will always have things to pack for your lunch saving you time and effort as well. Try putting the electronics away about an hour before you go to bed; you will find that you sleep better and is it really necessary to be on social media all the time?
Get creative about ways to carve out time to take care of yourself. Not only will you feel better and probably sleep better as well, you will have more energy you need to devote to your spiritual practice not to mention all your other responsibilities as well.
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