‘Self-care’ has become somewhat of a buzzword but there is a much richer meaning to it.
The quote from the champion of peace Mahatma Gandhi, ‘“All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change…the source of our happiness.”
Working toward being the best possible you is a generous act, to yourself and the people around you. Finding inner balance creates balance in your environment. The goal is not to be ‘perfect’ but to be more present, confident, and self-aware. This journey is sometimes tricky, but the path of happiness is deeply fulfilling.
Self-care is more than bubble baths and facials and each person has their own needs and ways of meeting these needs. Gratitude is a good starting point, as is self-reflection and helping others. Self-care is giving yourself permission to be looked after, it unlocks the way for your own inner peace, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
Finding moments of happiness and challenging your own negative thoughts can help reduce your stress levels. Reflecting on your inner-self and finding kindness towards your body and mind enables your higher-self to feel fulfilled and cared for.
Your self-care may involve a walk, creating art, cooking, reading, spending time with friends and family. Having a lovely aromatic scent in your home, such as citrus oils, can be very uplifting.
Learning to live in the moment, letting go of the past and recognizing the amazing gifts you bring to yourself and the world around you are important elements of self-care.
Holistic treatments can also help care for your inner being. On 1 February there will be a celebration at The Soul Spa in Bath. Celebrating the Lunar New Year and the first day of Spring, several therapists will be offering various treatments for your self-care. What a wonderful way to start 2022!