Moments for Reflection are Key to Your Self-Care

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Moments for reflection always refresh.

Finding moments for reflection in quiet or solitude is often a challenge, can’t it?  In the course of your day, how often do you find yourself alone and away from the computer, the phone, errands, projects, or your to-do list?

That’s one reason that exercise time can offer you significant refreshment.  Not only are you moving and replenishing your energy, but you are also giving yourself a break.  These moments for reflection, as you step away from everyday demands, can be like a mini-vacation.

Moments for reflection — you can create them:

So, how will you create such moments for yourself?

If you think of them as mini-vacations, then consider what you’d like to take with you. And then ask yourself where you’d like to go.

So, I’m not actually talking about physical travel here. Rather, I’d like to suggest that you spend some time thinking about how you can refresh yourself mentally/spiritually/emotionally while you are finding time to exercise. 

Being planful about this time enhances and deepens it for you. Wondering what I mean? Well, read on for some ideas.

Some ways to combine exercise with moments for reflection…

  • Is there a book or podcast you can listen to while you run or walk or work through your exercise routine?
  • Do you want to use the time to think about your day/week/month?
    • Maybe you can plan ahead.
    • Or you might choose to look back, reflecting on your day or week so far.
  • Consider using the time as a meditative space – consciously choosing to focus on your breathing as you move.
  • Is there something that’s been bothering you that you can use the time to focus on?  Maybe you can work through your problem as you work through your exercise routine

And I recommend that you consider carrying your phone with you so you’ll be sure to capture any ideas that come. That relieves you of the distracting worry of trying to remember an awesome idea when you’re still in the midst of exercising.

Use your time to the max.

With alone time so hard to come by, it is very enriching to use the moments that we have to their fullest.

So, when you are exercising, do you find yourself also using the time to reflect or plan or read?

If not, what is getting in the way? And how can you change that for yourself, starting today?

Finally, here’s something more to consider…

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty and there are no gas stations anywhere to be found? That’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself.

It’s an awful feeling, and one that’s all too familiar for many of us. In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say that finding time for self-care is one of the biggest challenges going. And I’ve created an E-Guide that addresses this challenge and offers you a path to creating your own, rejuvenating self-care routines and rituals. It’s titled “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life.”

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it offers questions, insights, and exercises aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • What gets in your way when it comes to taking care of yourself.
  • How your capacity for compassion is connected to self-care.
  • The activities that are most nurturing for you, and how to include them in your schedule, EVERY day.

To begin your self-care journey and claim your copy of “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life” click below:

Let’s explore time together…

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