SELF CARE for me was a foreign concept...
For most of my life I felt uncomfortable in my skin. I was reactionary, my startle response was wicked high, I had low self esteem, had brain fog, always had heartburn and escaped through television. I also avoided things that I made me uncomfortable.
It wasn't util college when I first discovered exercise that I began to feel normal. I felt good! I loved laughing and moving to music. This was huge!
I'm a survivor of childhood sexual assault and I TRULY believe exercise saved my life. I felt good for the first time in my skin and I didn't have a hangover the next day.
I began to teach and it became my hobby (ritual). What I noticed was, when I didn't exercise, my symptoms came back. Over the years I've acquired a long list of nice-to-have and need-to-have practices in my wellness toolbox.
Self Care looks different for everyone. What's in your toolbox?