Mamahhh’s Self-Care Month – Shift Your Perspective

I love those days when “self-care” means “get a massage.” And more and more, I’m appreciating those days—like today—when “self-care” means “shift your perspective.” That’s how I’m easing into this month of creating nurturing and protections for myself as I do the work of moving my family from Georgia to Tennessee over the next two months. I’m changing my mind about what I need in order to handle this big task in a way that feels intentional and loving.

I was explaining to my friend and colleague Baraka Elihu of womanspace that blogging about self-care this month was a way to hold myself accountable to the discipline of taking care of me throughout the emotional highs and lows that come with moving a family. That feels like very useful to work me right now–but also, blogging 30 days of self-care sounds pretty daunting! Baraka reflected my intention back to me as “anchoring my practice” of self-care so that the stuff (drama, stress, tears) that may naturally come up doesn’t feel so overwhelming.

Her reframing and rephrasing of this month of self-care was just the loving shift in perspective that I needed today: Enough with being “held accountable to a discipline.” Ugh. If that’s not a heavy item on an already too-long to-do list, I don’t know what is. “Anchoring a practice,” however, feels kind, manageable, and so very healthy. Also, like I can breathe again!Mamahhh Self-Care Month November 2011

With gratitude for simple shifts in perspective,
Jenni
xoxox

What perspectives can you shift, dear women, to give yourself a little more breathing room? What practice are you anchoring?Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

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