From the book (The Saint,the Surfer and the CEO) by Robin Sharma.
I promise this is the last time that i talk about this book.
Its been such a groundbreaking read that its hard for me not to talk about it and mention it in all my conversations.
These self care activities (included in the book) are all of those things that you do because you love yourself; respect your body and your spirit. Things like feeding yourself excellent food because you respect your body; making some time every week to watch the starts twinkle, all those things that you owe to yourself.
Quote from the book: ”Self care is one of the great keys to self love”
1. SHIFT FROM COMPLEXITY TO SIMPLICITY
Complexity creates disorder; chaos and stress. Be aware of anything that comes into your life and makes it more complicated, from a difficult relationship to an extra newspaper subscription. One of the foundations of a great life is built around simplicity. Leave space to enjoy the precious moments of your life. Always keep asking yourself how you can make your life simpler. Simple pleasures last longer than expensive ones.
The simple act of journaling allows us to explore the deepest places of ourselves and to release any worries that might be cluttering our minds. Writing about our longings; victories gives us a place to converse with ourselves and in doing so, we build greater self awareness ; profound insights that enrich our lives and help us letting go of all the things that create fears and frustrations in our lives.
3. DAILY PERIOD OF PEACE
We live in a world of too much noise.Carve some time in your day for a silent retreat, where you sit in stillness and quiet. All unhappiness of men arises from the fact that they cannot stay quiet in their chamber. Silent retreats allow you to connect with your deeper self, restores your energy and gain new higher ideas.
4. COMMUNING WITH NATURE
A life without regular periods in nature is a half life. We get access to the large part of ourselves by being in nature. Being in nature reminds us that we’re never alone and that our lives are inter-connected with every other living being. It helps us direct our lives inward and connect with the universe.
5. NURTURING YOUR BODY
Your body is where your soul lives. As you care for your body, you care for your life. By taking care of your physical dimension, you make a wonderful investment in the quality and longevity of your life. Treating your body well is a mark of self-respect and self-love. It is a great act of personal leadership and its benefits will spill out into your other areas of life. You’ll have more energy; your moods will be better; you’ll have a higher self esteem and your life will improve.
Quote from the book: ”Those who don’t make time for exercise must eventually make time for illness.”