The art of self-care

This morning (it is now 11:30 p.m.) I came to the conclusion that something I was lacking lately was tending to myself. I've had emails, texts and calls from people I love that reminded me of this very thing so today I started a check list that I wrote on my bathroom mirror. It consists of six things I will make sure I do every day in the theme of self-care: Reiki/meditation, make jewelry (something that always makes me feel accomplished), write (this blog post is my promise to myself to write today), move, make prayers, and remember something good about myself. That last one may seem a little like Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live, but it's pretty necessary. How often do we stop and do that? How often do we take a quick moment to remember our accomplishments instead of our setbacks? Self-care is not selfish, it's necessary. 

I invite you tonight, if you are reading now, to do the same upon waking tomorrow morning. I believe that my day felt more productive and less stressful knowing that I had these life-shifting commitments I made to myself. There is nothing wrong with a little self-care. In and of itself, it is art.