When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?
I ALWAYS have me time- it’s a daily practice and commitment I have to myself. I call it glow time. It’s a self-care practice rooted in slowing down, decompressing, and honoring one’s needs—mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Checking out with the world around you to check in with yourself.
What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?
Hug Someone. Stress is the body’s response to perceived threat. The emotional effects of stress include lack of forgiveness, distrust, and lack of intimacy. Negative thoughts can activate stress. The antidote to stress is breathing since it elicits the relaxation response. Hugging is therapeutic medicine; it calms the nervous system and induces the relaxation response. If the embrace lasts at least 20 seconds, the neurotransmitter oxytocin is released, creating an increased sense of bonding. If there is no one around for you to hug, cuddle up under a weighted blanket to feel swaddled and supported.
What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?
Start by simply taking on less. Examine what’s on your plate and do less. We find time for everything we want to do, commit to yourself- no excuses. What’s essential to glow time is that it constitutes an alternative to everything that is fast and spinning in our lives. You cannot practice glow time while stressed out or in a hurry, as it is the art of creating intimacy with yourself, which can only be achieved through slowing down and mindfulness. How can you create these spaces within the context of your busy life? It’s important to fill yourself up. I anticipate my needs when I design the glow of my life. This is very important for me as I schedule so I can fill myself up.
Find more tips and rituals for self-care in my new book, OWN YOUR GLOW: A SOULFUL GUIDE TO LUMINOUS LIVING AND CROWNING THE QUEEN WITHIN, available everywhere books are sold. The link to find out more about the book is here.