Nurturing Spaces are Your Self-Care Foundation

You can create a nurturing space anywhere…

Nurturing spaces provide a solid base for your self-care efforts.

Indeed, when your environment is geared to nurture and sustain you, your self-care efforts become, in many ways, a natural extension of your space.

In the Finding Time E-zine, we have explored ways to create nurturing spaces for yourself. And we’ve also looked at the very significant impact that this has on your life.

So today I’m sharing an article from our e-zine archive.

And it comes with a reminder that you can receive more articles like this, sent straight to your inbox, once a month. Just visit our Time Resources Page and sign up for one of our complimentary time tools. When you do, you’ll also start receiving our monthly Finding Time E-zine, as well as our weekly Finding Time Tips as additional bonuses.

Nurturing Spaces and Your Self-Care

Have you created an uplifting environment in which to spend part of your day, yet stopped short of extending a warm welcome to yourself in other areas? How does this affect the time you spend in each place?

Envision your place of work, for example. Whether you work inside or outside the home, alone or with family or colleagues, you deserve a workspace that invites you to do your best with the maximum of comfort and the minimum of stress.

Describe how you feel when you first enter this space. Is the lighting sufficient? Do you have a comfortable place to stand, move, or sit? Are your work tools adequate, and can you use them without risk of injury?

You can learn a lot by noticing ways you have or have not yet created an optimal space for yourself. Perhaps what is missing in your work environment also undercuts your approach to work.  For example, if you mercilessly push yourself, gritting your teeth simply to get through the workday, see if you also push past poor working conditions and unsatisfactory work arrangements.

If, on the other hand, you spend much of your time at work wishing you were elsewhere, you may discover that distractions in your environment constantly command your attention, slowing your progress and making you feel trapped.

What would work better?

Next, picture yourself walking into an environment that welcomes you. In this setting, your shoulders relax, and you feel naturally drawn to open your project. Your creativity is stimulated, you can easily access what’s needed, and distractions are kept to a minimum. You work efficiently and comfortably.

How does this ideal space differ from your current work setting?

How might you modify the colors, the organization, the equipment and boundaries to better support yourself and your work?

Start where you are…

In summary: Any change will boost your morale, and no beginning is too small. So start where you are, knowing that any nurturing spaces you create will help.

Do you see your inner nurturer’s qualities reflected in your living and/or working environment?  What impact does that have on your time and energy … and your life?   Drop me a line – I’d love to know.

And this helps, too…

What if you could find another hour every day? You can.

I invite you to sign up and download my complimentary Finding Time Boundary Template. And when you sign up you will also receive (if you don’t already) my weekly Finding Time Tips and my monthly Award-Winning Finding Time E-zine.

Let’s explore time together …

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