The term self-care gets tossed around a lot. Sometimes the term is misused. True self-care adds something back to our lives. It doesn’t take from us. As a marathoner, running for me most days is self-care but not always.
It’s no secret I’ve been anything but consistent with my training. Instead, for the first time ever, I’ve been letting my body dictate my miles. I gotta say it’s been refreshing.
Last Sunday, my 33rd birthday, I woke up craving distance. I’m a cold weather runner and autumn is my prime season. I didn’t decide what I’d run that day. Instead, I let my body do the deciding. Friends, let’s just say I could have ran forever. I just felt that good!
About 5 ½ miles from our house I decided on a half marathon. Honestly, that’s my sweet spot and will forever be my favorite distance. I threw in an extra .23 just so my watch could end at 13.33. That’s as close as I’m getting to running my age this year!
This weekend, however, was a bit different. I had no desire to run at all! Instead, opting for a weekend of rest and relaxation. Yesterday on Instagram, I’d mentioned having such a delightful brunch with girlfriends, that I didn’t have time to snap a picture. In fact, in the two hours we chatted, none of us looked at our phones.
I cannot think of a better illustration of self-care. I walked away from that brunch date feeling recharged. This weekend, I knew time with friends was exactly what I needed. These days, I’m mindful and listen to my body but it wasn’t always that way. In years past, I would have beaten myself up for not running. Now with practice I know when to give myself a break.
My focus on financial freedom means I’m also applying this idea of self-care to my finances too. Financial self-care if you will. The goals I’ve set enable me to focus my attention on what matters most to me.
As I’ve talked with people in the Debt Free Community about our accomplishments, I’ve noted a consistent theme. It is this concept of self-awareness and it is a key component in increasing one’s own financial wellness. Self-awareness has helped me develop a healthy curiosity about why I spend what I spend. I apply the same intentionality to my finances as I do my health and wellbeing.
Pictured above are six actions, any one of which you can get started with today. The mindful magic, however, is in their combination.
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