Practice Self-Care: Breath, Focus, Be Present

by Heather Burgoyne, Owner, Soar Pilates

In today’s society, self-care has become a luxury item. Something that almost feels unattainable to a good majority of us — whether in work, family life, stress or the inability to turn off our electronic devises.

It’s seems with marketing teams and social media, self-care means you need to spend money to feel good and then post a picture about it to prove it happened. Be it a mani/pedi, a massage, going out to dinner or having drinks with friends or perhaps a lavish vacation, are those luxuries truly self-care?

What about those moments of sitting in stillness somewhere private where you allow yourself the freedom to daydream. Sitting in your favorite cozy corner in the early morning before anyone else is awake to read a few chapters of your book, building excitement in your mind for the rest of your day before even looking at your phone. What about the simple act of a shower? That might sound crazy, but as a wife, mother and business owner, it is harder than one would expect.

By definition, self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health — the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness.

Nowhere in that definition does it say spend money to care for yourself. It says to practice. So, do that.

Practice your breath. Practice your focus. Practice being present in your own happiness.