You’ve seen me talking a lot about “Self Care” on my blog, website, and social media. This is because I truly believe that taking these small moments to care for yourself on a regular basis are really important in today’s busy and stressful world. Most of us spend a lot of time working just to survive, and caring for others. It seems like there is precious little time for self care, and society somehow has taught us that any time spent not being productive is lazy or selfish. (This is especially true in American society, though I know other cultures place more value in down time and relaxation.) I spent many years focused on working and raising my kids, feeling guilty any time that I wasn’t busy or productive. What did that get me? I was angry a lot, stressed out all the time, and lacking in a true connection to Spirit and my Higher Self. I was cut off from my intuition, and thus cut off from being able to see the magick in life all around me.
Eventually this resulted in both my physical and mental health deteriorating – causing even more stress! “You need to take care of yourself!” wise people would tell me. But truthfully, I didn’t know how. I thought I was taking care of myself . . . but eating and bathing and brushing my teeth just wasn’t enough. What more did I need? Vitamins? Exercise? What really was “Self Care” at it’s core?
I spent some time exploring this concept and finding that for me, Self Care needed to be balanced in three different areas. I needed Spiritual Self Care, Physical Self Care, and Fun or Pampering Self Care. If I just did one of these but left out the other two then I wasn’t really taking care of my whole self and all the complex needs of human life! Spiritual Self Care came in the form of Meditations, Tarot or Oracle Card Readings, and learning about the Spiritual and Metaphysical things that interested me. Basically taking time to connect with Spirit, and develop my Spiritual Practice. The Physical Self Care came by doing something that was healthy for me – exploring different herbal remedies and teas or tinctures, yoga practices, or making sure I was getting enough sleep.
Of course the basic self care of things like bathing, brushing my teeth, drinking water, etc needed to be included too. For some people these things come easier, but if you have ever battled with clinical depression or anxiety you will understand that sometimes even these basic things get pushed aside and neglected. Finally, the Fun, or Pampering kind of Self Care is needed too. This is the kind of Self Care that people think of the most often, but also the kind that an be seen as selfish or a waste of time. (I think part of that is because a lot of these self care practices have been sensationalized by capitalism and tend to be rather expensive. Just think of how much it can cost to get a massage, get your hair or nails done, or spend time at a fancy Spa.) There is also a tendency to think of these things as frivolous or a form of vanity – especially when the media is always pushing these stereotypical images of rich girls going to the salon; girls who are also in some way vapid, selfish, and vain. This stereotype has made these acts of self care seem taboo or just silly to many working class Americans, but to be honest we all crave these activities on some level too. This is because we really do need these occasional “treat yo’ self” moments! We don’t have to shell out the big bucks at a salon or spa to do these things though. We can take a nice relaxing bath at home, wear some fuzzy socks, drink some yummy tea and paint our fingernails for the same effect. The thought I used to have was, “I don’t have time for that.” That’s the trap though, because it doesn’t matter exactly what you do for Pampering – it’s the act of taking time for yourself that really makes a difference!
When you take the time to incorporate these three kinds of self care into your life on a regular basis, you are saying to yourself, “I am worth spending time with. I am worthy of love and attention.” You are giving equal value to your Spirit, your Body, and your Self and in that way you are getting a more well-rounded and balanced picture of who you are and what you need. You’ll still need to work and take care of others as you did before, but you’re more present and more energized for those activities, because you’ve taken time to recharge your batteries. Not just the physical batteries that recharge with sleep and food. But all the other parts of your being that need to be recharged too.
The thing is, it took me a long time to figure this out, and even then I needed some guidance along the way. Something to focus on helped, if I had a theme, or a specific challenge to work on or a goal for my self care. Having accountability, or friends to cheer me on really helped too. I ended up wanting to help others with this self care in some way so I started reading cards professionally. I also learned Reiki so I could help others with Energy Healing, and I sell and make other Self-care focused items like soaps, bath bombs, and mala necklaces for meditation. Recently I was inspired! I was thinking about all these things and how together, they could make a really complete Self Care package. I know there are people out there like me, who know the importance of self care but may just need that little bit of inspiration and motivation to really take their self care deeper and touch on all three of these main areas each month.
That’s how I was inspired to bring you these Self Care subscription Boxes every month! Including a card reading and some kind of meditation or ritual each month, along with some tools for Pampering and self care like a Bath Bomb, herbal tea, and possibly more, I want to offer you a well rounded package to help you take your Self Care deeper. So I’ll be offering four different size packages each month. You can decide what size package you want each month – or even to order at all that month! You’ll get your personal card reading (by email) and then your package with other goodies that will encourage you and inspire you to spend some quality time with yourself!
I’ll have a fun spiritual theme every month, and special info to help you get the most out of your self care package! So what do you say? Are you ready to join me?