As I sat on the beach in Panama City watching the sunset, I made a few self-care videos. While I was making the videos, I thought to myself, “You were supposed to be here taking care of yourself, but here you are working.” Then, I paused to remind myself that part of my self-care is doing things I love, which includes creating content to help others take care of themselves. I was absorbing the feel of the wind, the sounds of the ocean, and the gorgeous sun setting - all common self-care activities. Paired with creating CLI content, I was taking care of myself and creating my own self-care ritual. My goal in sharing my experiences is to help others take good care of themselves in whatever format they choose.
During my own self-care, I took pleasure in watching other people enjoy themselves on the beach. I watched a mother and her son looking for seashells in the sand. They were gently combing through the sand with their fingers like they were sitting in the middle of a Zen garden. Then, I observed a mother and her two children approach with a group and begin tossing a football around. I could hear the laughter and feel the enjoyment in the time they spent together.
I watched another mother sitting with her baby on her lap facing the ocean. After a while, she got up to spin her baby around in a circle causing both of them to giggle joyfully. I watched a couple sit together with their arms wrapped around one another. They were watching the sunset and kissing each other. Each person found themselves at the same place at the same time, but they all needed something different in that moment. I was grateful to witness each person’s unique self-care ritual that evening.
What I have learned: Everyone’s self-care looks different because everyone’s needs are different. Find what suits you.
P.S. Here are those self-care videos I mentioned. Exploring different self-care routines will help you find what works best for you!
Tania Farran is an educator, mom, business owner, and an author. Her blogs tell about balancing all of these things in life! Laugh or cry with her and maybe learn a thing or two.