Self-care series summary: As we enter the season of giving and a time of year when many people struggle not only with getting enough exercise, but also with keeping up with self-care, we have been taking a deeper dive into how to make exercise a form of self-care. We have looked at self-care from all aspects of your ‘self’—mental, emotional, spiritual to make exercise more than just a physical activity. Today we summarize how to design exercise as a way to recharge your whole person, so you can be well now.
This time of year can be filled with unique events and opportunities to gather, celebrate, and reflect. At this point in the season, we might start to simplify the to do list. We compare what needs to be done with the resources we have available right now, like time, money and energy, to get it done. It’s a simple way we stay well.
The taproot of all those resources is your inner state of well-being—your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical state. They are the ones that feed the outer resources of your environment, finances, relationships, and vocation. When you have physical energy, mental focus, emotional strength and spiritual clarity, those outer resources flourish. This is how well-being happens, from the inside out. When we try to be well from the outside in, it is stressful because we don’t have as much control over the state of the outer resources.
With all that’s going on at this time of year, how can you practice self-care? Remember, self-care is any moment you take time to check in and tend to those inner resources and exercise is one way to do that.
However, exercise in our culture is focused on athletic and aesthetic forms of exercise. When life is busy and stressful, you might feel like there’s no point to exercise if you can’t do ‘enough’ to make it ‘worth it’ to see results. Don’t let this sideline you so you miss out on the many ways you can use exercise as a resource for self-care!
When you redefine exercise as a moment of your day to pause, check in on the state of your inner resources, move in a way that clears emotions held in your body, and remind yourself what is most important, it becomes whole-person self-care.
Use the information in this blog series and your Inner Trainer as a guide to exercise for self-care:
Mentally: When exercise is designed to satisfy your brain’s need to keep you safe, contented, and connected, it is a moment in your day to restore your mental well-being.
Emotionally: When exercise is done with presence, allowing you to listen to the messages your body is giving you and move in ways that clear the thoughts held in your body, it is a moment in your day to restore emotional well-being.
When exercise is redefined as a way to restore your whole-person, it becomes a moment in your day that restores well-being, thus supporting physical and mental health.
So, as you check in on this mid-December day, move in some way, big or small, with presence, to bring your inner well-being resources back into balance. Trust your Inner Trainer to guide you as you move to be well now.
Bottom Line: When you redefine exercise as a moment of your day to pause, check in on the state of your inner resources, move in a way that clears emotions held in your body, and come back to what is most important, it becomes whole-person self-care.
Be Well Now,
P.S. In two weeks, I will share with you more details about how to design exercise to be a moment in your day to be well now. In the mean time, connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for daily reminders to move and be well now.