Self Care (mindfulness)

Caring for self may be the best way to be present and to be of service to others.

Self Care - Basic

The basics of self care are just that - basic. Some examples...

Physical:

Getting enough sleep,
Eating regular meals
Exercising 2 or 3 times a week

Emotional:

Taking time to process emotional part of daily life - takes longer than processing the details of the day's events.

Mental:

Taking a few minutes when awakening to pause, breath and enjoy just being alive.
Taking a few minutes at the end of the day to pause, breath and enjoy just being alive.
Taking time for play - an activity that does not have a defined purpose or result.

Spiritual (visit the inner self):

Read something that you find inspiring - A poem, a short story, a biography, spiritual writings.
Meditate for a few minutes or go for a walk.
Listen to music that takes you within, evokes reflection or introspection

Self Care in Decision Making

Decision making can be viewed as having to two components: The basis on which decisions are made and the manner in which decisions are made.

The basis relates to what elements you use to provide the information required to make a decision. For example, values, who may be affected, what are the internal and external factors. The manner relates to how, once you have the information, you use the information to arrive at a conclusion. Adopting a simple 'information' checklist can help ensure you have at least the minimum amount of information required. Having a 'method' checklist can help ensure you use the optimum approach for the given decision. This also includes asking yourself if you are in a suitable mental, emotional and physical state to make the decision.

Self care with Technology

Take a few days to observe how technology affects the flow of your day: How it influences the way you prioritize your activities.

How your time is allocated, how much time you spend sending, receiving and reading messages.

How many times you are interrupted by the beep of your email or phone.

How your anxiety or stress level changes waiting for a reply to a text message or email.

How important are each of the messages, calls you make or receive in a day.

How is your focus on one activity diluted by trying to read or send a text message at the same time.

You can add other items to the list and you will likely discover others through the process of just observing your daily activities more consciously.

Once you have accumulated some information on how your time and energy is affected by technology, you can make some choices about whether technology will dictate how you live or whether you will dictate how much technology affects your life.
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