Take It {Self Care for the Best You}

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Yesterday during nap time I sat outside alone. I deeplyย inhaled fresh air. The strengthening spring sun’s rays warmed my back while I read. It was a much needed break which rejuvenated my heart, mind and body to make it through the rest of the day. My heart overflowed with gratitude, my sensesย feeding it morsels over which to delight.

I pause every day while the kids rest/sleep but it is not often that I allow myself an extended time of just-for-fun relaxation like getting lost in the Divergent series. ๐Ÿ˜€ But sometimes I need that. We need that. Self care is a gift we must be willing to receive in order to be our best selves.

Self care is a gift we must be willing to receive in order to be our best selves

One of the great results of a simplified, minimalist lifestyle is having more time for tasks and people which truly matter the most to our souls.ย And it is awesome.

On the other hand, there is always something to do. A space to organize, a task to cross off, laundry to fold. Life goes on. Sometimes it’s a better use of time to rest and disappear into a good book than to fold more laundry.ย The moments that can easily be wrapped up as a gift to ourselves are there; we just need to decide to find them, make them.ย 

The moments that can easily be wrapped up as a gift to ourselves are there; we just need to decide to find them, make them.

As one of our favorite Bible storybooks says, “As anyone will tell you, the thing about a gift is it’s free. All you have to do is reach out your hands and take it.”

Here’s my encouragement to you today: wrap up a gift to yourself today. To rest. To write. To laugh. To sit in the sun and stare at the buds in the branches. To exercise. To devour a fun novel and a cup of tea. Whatever you need to feel like your best you.

 

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Then reach out your hands, and take it.ย 

Happy intentional, simple living to you today, friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

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15 Comments
  • Lynda
    April 7, 2016

    Thank you Evelyn, I really need to learn this valuable lesson.
    Caring full time for my elderly mother leaves little time for self care. I must allow myself to take time, even 5 minutes to gather my thoughts and refresh.

    Blessings

    • Evelyn
      April 17, 2016

      Hi Lynda, Thank you for commenting. Yes, caring for others is one thing that uniquely drains us unless we intentionally recharge. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Evelyn
      April 17, 2016

      Hi Lynda, Thank you for commenting! Yes, caring for others is one thing that uniquely drains us. It’s important to find time to recharge, even little moments. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kelly
    April 8, 2016

    yes! i’ve been doing some of this this week and it’s good! Kelly

    • Evelyn
      April 17, 2016

      Hi Kelly! So glad you’re able to find time to pause. ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  • Shelley
    April 9, 2016

    Good advice! We took a short vacation this week while the kids were on spring break and I found myself trying to check things off my list during this time, like reading business journals or writing. I’m so conditioned to this mindset that I’ve forgotten how important it is to just take the time to relax and have “unplanned” days. They truly are important!

    • Evelyn
      April 17, 2016

      Hi Shelley, you’re right… sometimes it IS hard to not do anything. I’m not very good at it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Charissa
    April 11, 2016

    Today my gift to myself is sitting down to a cup of (British!!) tea in my new back “yard” and reading your blog Thanks for the encouragement, friend! (Email to come! )

    • Evelyn
      April 17, 2016

      EEEEEK! Oh that sounds lovely. I seriously wish I was there with you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for commenting, dear friend. <3

  • Meyli
    April 12, 2016

    ๐Ÿ™‚ self care is so important and wonderful. Thanks for the gift of reminding me of that!

    Unfortunately for me, ‘me time’ tends to lead me to unhealthy habits. I am working on changing them…but habits are hard to change! A big one is binge eating snack foods. I didn’t grow up learning healthy eating habits, and while I eat much better meals now, I still slip into unhealthy snacks under the excuse of ‘special me-time’. Treats are fine…if they are actually a treat! And a treat is different than eating an entire bag of doritos ๐Ÿ™ I will get there.

    I’m trying to not default to eating when I’m giving myself a break from work or homework. I would love to develop some hobbies, and focus on those instead!

    • Evelyn
      April 17, 2016

      Hi Meyli! Oh, foood. I’m right there with you! My downfall is sweets, and I usually default to cake or cookies when I’m getting quiet “me” time. Yeah I should work on that. Thanks for the encouragement to look into caring for myself better even in the midst of self care! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah
    April 16, 2016

    I love this. So spot on to where I am right now. I just found you so I can’t wait to read more!

  • Haley
    April 22, 2016

    Love this! Had a baby free evening and a list of to-dos… instead I sat out on the stoop with my dog and enjoyed the amazing weather. It was so refreshing and the chores were still there to be done when I finished relaxing.

  • Jesse Danson
    March 4, 2017

    Good reminder! My gift to myself today was to go to bed right after the children! LOL I’m not sleeping yet, but just having this time to read until I get sleepy is a luxury. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Evelyn
      March 7, 2017

      Oh I SOOOOO hear you there! Time to ourselves is absolutely a thrill. ๐Ÿ™‚

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