For me, there is nothing more important than my own self care. The better I feel, the more I can give and be of service to others.
Being a lightworker*, I’ve discovered that one of the most critical aspects of caring for myself is to look after my vibration. I aim to keep my vibration high as it makes me feel good and keeps me safe from being affected by external factors.
Ways that I like to take care of myself, and in turn raise my vibration, are:
Being in nature
Thank god for the trees, the flowers, the birds, the insects, the sunsets/sunrises, the rain, the wind… the diversity that is nature. Being in nature can fill my soul with peace and contentment like no other. When I’m feeling lost or low, a walk in nature will generally help to fill my cup again. Simply being in nature is how I meditate as it affords me the silence to hear clearly when needed.
Being around animals
I cannot imagine life without animals. They are my number one source of unconditional love and support. No matter what is happening in my life, my animals are a constant grounded presence of calm, joy, and peace.
Surrounding myself with like minded, high vibe people
It took me a while to find ‘my kind’ in life. Although I’ve always had a lot of friends, I had to walk the path of loneliness for many years. Sometimes I’d feel the most alone when surrounded by others because it would highlight just how different I was.
But with time, I was able to align with other people I connected with on a deep, soul fulfilling level. Being with people like this energises me.
Taking a bath
I love baths soooo much. Particularly epsom salt baths. I don’t only do this as a way of nurturing my body, but also to help cleanse my spirit too. I often get messages whilst in the bath as water is an excellent communication medium.
Having time to smell the roses
Literally, I like to have time up my sleeve to simply be present. I need time and space to process life happenings and have intentionally created a lifestyle that allows for this.
I’ve found nothing to be more stressful, or debilitating, than having no money. I’ve had this stress consume me to a point of surrounding me in darkness, leaving a feeling of constant dread in my stomach and disabling me so severely it made it impossible to help get myself out of the hole I was in.
Learning how to manage money and create a good relationship with it, has been life changing and very empowering.
I have a fascination of listening to people’s stories of having near death experiences (NDEs). This is where people die, go to the other side, and then come back to tell their story. A very common theme of what people learn, is we’re judged on how kind we are during our life.
This got me thinking, and I was confused for a bit, thinking kindness meant you had to be kind to everyone no matter how they treated you. But then I realised the number one person I need to be kind to is myself. This means creating clear boundaries of what’s acceptable to me and what’s not. And this includes my own thoughts.
I’ve decided life is too short to live from obligation. For years I attended events that I really didn’t want to be at and I did things society expected, even tho it went against my own personal values.
I’ve come to realise it’s not only damaging to me to do something out of obligation, it’s also unhelpful to others, and often the planet. It’s been a process, but I’m getting better at saying ‘no’ when something doesn’t align.
Saying yes to what lights me up
I believe following what lights me up is my soul’s way of communicating with me and guiding me in the right direction. I don’t have to understand it, but if I feel a spark of excitement internally, I know it’s a yes.
Prayer is everything to me. I have no association with prayer being connected to a church or religious groups. For me, prayer simply means asking for help from my guides. It’s so simple and effective and regularly produces miraculous results.
There is much to write on each of the above topics, but this gives a basic summary that I can continue to expand upon in the future. I’d love to know if self care is also a top priority for others too? And if yes, what’s on your self care list? If you have anything to share I’d love to hear it in the comments section below.
*Not sure what I lightworker is? I’ve previously written a blog post on my Karla Hooper website ‘I’m a lightworker, what the bloody hell is that?!‘