The term self care is a relatively new word for me, one which I have only really come to truly understand in last year or so.
Looking back and prior to motherhood, I realised that I took for granted how easy it was to be able to do what I wanted, whenever I wanted and I always made sure I looked after myself.
The term "self-care" was not one that I had to give much thought too, I guess it came naturally in all of my free time. Typically, when you become a mother our own care needs at some point will take a back seat to the needs of our family, hell even the simple shower becomes a luxury.
When I first learnt the term "self-care" I thought it was some fancy buzz word for getting a facial, manicure or a massage. But once I started to understand it better I quickly realised that it simply is about taking care of yourself and that can be in any shape or form.
Self-care can be the most simple of tasks that are aimed at making your feel great or filling your cup. I realised that I do practise self-care and that is through my running.
Week in, week out, I am consciously setting aside time for myself to run whether it be purely on my own or with friends. I am giving myself permission to prioritise my needs and desires to exercise, get outdoors, nurture my mind and body and enter into a state of flow and happiness.
If you ask me there is no better "self-care" activity.
Do you see running as part of your self-care routine?
Below are my thoughts on how running absolutely forms part of your self-care routine:
- Running is an expression of our lives. It enables us to express ourselves through the events we do, the distance or the pace we run at.
- Running gives us a voice. It is shouting to the world that I will give anything a go and I am prepared to experience a life of challenge and adventure.
- Running absorbs and takes on our emotions. We can draw upon our stresses, losses, sadness and happiness to challenge ourselves through our running.
- Running is our "me-time". We can transcend into a meditative state while running, our breath sync with our mind and body.
- Running gives you a sense of meaning and fulfilment through setting goals and constantly striving for successes along the way.