Create A Self-Care Practice

Self-care is NOT selfish.

Making yourself a priority in your own life does NOT mean that you don’t care for your loved ones.

Without self-care, life will overwhelm us. We’ll grow frustrated, depleted, even bitter. Our energy plummets. Our weight skyrockets. We compromise our immune systems and invite all kinds of ailments into our bodies and minds. Our relationships suffer. We find ourselves ill-tempered and uninspired. We lose our confidence. Before we know it, a spiritual cancer has set in.

Self-care will combat this.


Creating a self-care practice will bring you back to YOU.


Re-prioritize. It’s time to drop back and punt. Resolve to reevaluate your priorities. Put yourself at the top of your priority list. You can’t be number one outside until you are number one inside.

Reconnect with yourself. Ask, “What makes me happy, and what can I do to be the best version of myself?” Take a self-inventory, and then take action!

Retreat to nature. Take in and appreciate the beauty and stillness of nature. Immerse yourself in its restorative power. Open yourself to the lessons nature has to teach.

Rekindle your relationship with spirit. Meditate. Pray. Contemplate. Journal your thoughts and feelings. Recommit yourself to spiritual work.

Refuel your body. Re-energize it by getting enough rest, nourishing yourself with healthy foods, and finding fitness you enjoy.

Redecorate your mind. Renew your thinking through positive affirmations and self-talk. Rip down those dismal drapes of doom and let in the light. Clear out the cobwebs of negativity that have slowed or stalled your progress. Release any thoughts that no longer serve you or the highest good.

Recruit support. Hold yourself accountable. Enlist the help of loved ones, friends, or a coach to help you get your life back in control.

Creating an effective self-care practice is about redesigning your life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The more you give to yourself, the more you give to your loved ones.

Take care of YOU. You are the only YOU you’ve got.

2 thoughts on “Create A Self-Care Practice

  1. anonymous

    This so resonates with me….I’ve been taking care of others when I forgot my own need…I was trying to keep it together…than one day I was talking to my mom and she said you seem stressed…n when she said that she was right….I just crashed ….at worked I felt it harder bc I was quip in handling some students…..n I got written up…the stress of not physical taken care of myself poured over into work… is hard not to feel stress when I was not taking care of myself….eating more….not exercising. …n just running around helping my child n making sure my husband was happy…..I totally forgot me….I was thinking that it would be nice if I was being take care…who is gunna take care of me…..n the answer was ME…..I need to relax….step back….evaluate n really do things for myself. ….i always thought that I would be selfish….but now I’m thinking how can I help others when im the one needs the most help……
    so im taking lil steps to realize this….n im gunna make myself a priority. ….

    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      I’m so glad this resonated with you, my friend. We get so wrapped up in taking care of others that we end up on the bottom of our own priority list…sometimes we even forget to put our name on the list at all! Then we wonder why we are so cranky, miserable, and ineffective in our lives and relationships. It’s all because we forget to take care of ourselves. Just as a car can’t run efficiently without maintenance, we can’t live abundantly and effectively if we are not maintaining ourselves on all levels of our being. Self-care allows us to put things in perspective so that we can live a better, more fulfilling life. Keep making yourself a priority. You are doing a GREAT job.
      Much love to you.


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