I see this image often. The tear off tag poster (think: missing puppy sign) to “take what you need” with inspiring words that feed the soul. Take what you need: Hope. Faith. Courage. Peace. Passion. Beauty. Freedom. Honor. Opportunity. A Chance. Joy. Compassion. Love. In our world where consumerism is everything and there is so much taking, buying, and extravagance, it’s important to remember to take something non-material that you truly need for yourself.

I find “take what you need” so incredibly powerful because:
1) Self-care is the most important thing you can do for yourself (and others), and
2) Everyone has unique needs and these needs are constantly evolving.

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Self-care for the selfless
Self-care is important for your physical, mental, and emotional health. It fuels your mind, body, and spirit. It keeps you balanced, grounded, and stress-free. Without self-care, your health can suffer tremendously, as well as your relationships with others. Self-care is especially important for anyone in the healing profession because you’re almost always thinking about the needs of others.

This reminds me of the pre-flight safety demonstration, that you should always put on your own oxygen mask before helping children, the disabled, or persons requiring assistance. Well, guess what? The same holds true for life. You must first take care of yourself before taking care of others. It’s the only way. When you’re self is cared for, you will find more energy to tackle everything on your to-do list and you will feel more relaxed through the process. (And that’s a total WIN for productivity.)

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We are unique and evolving beings
We all have different inner and outer needs. Taking care of yourself is not a “one size fits all” to have more energy, balance, peace of mind, wings (sorry, Red Bull), or whatever. You have to find what works for you. Realistically, this will change week by week, year by year. Why? Self-care is not a quick fix. This is something you need to maintain daily and prioritize. Your needs will change. Life happens. We are evolving and growing beings. It is our nature.

So, take a moment to check-in with your mind, body, and spirit. How are you feeling TODAY? What do you really need? Are you working too much? Are you saying “yes” too often and feeling stretched thin? Now, ask for what you need. And take it. And thank the universe for allowing you to have it.

Self-Care Today, Inside & Out
Make a list of the activities that make you feel your best. What gives you natural energy? Schedule time in your calendar for self-care and stick to it, just like you would for an important appointment. (Eh hem, YOU are important.)

If nothing else, DO NOT MULTI-TASK. Take the day one step at a time.

Looking for some list ideas? Start here:

  • Plan a date night with yourself
  • Write a bucket list and check something off
  • Read a book
  • Do a mindfulness meditation
  • Practice yoga 🙂
  • Take a spa day, even just at home
  • Buy a new face mask or try a DIY
  • Netflix and chill with yourself
  • Pick out some essential oils to make a therapeutic home spray
  • Go out in nature
  • Unplug from technology
  • Enjoy some tea
  • Take a class (try something new!)
  • Get more sleep
  • Plan a retreat or vacation
  • Listen to music
  • Connect with an old friend
  • Eat healthy, fresh foods

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Ryan Rockwell (“The Yogi Marketer”) turned his passion for yoga and marketing into a career as one of the most sought after marketing strategists. He focuses in representing individuals and companies who have a conscious voice. Ryan’s clients have included Yoga Journal, National Geographic, Vegetarian Times, Backpacker, Climber, and True Nature Yoga. Ryan’s work has now evolved into helping other yoga teachers share their gifts with the world.

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