7 ways to practice radical self-care

I’ve been navigating some rocky parenting terrain over the last couple of months and the challenges I’ve been facing have really taken a toll on me, physically and emotionally.

Last week though, I had a big realization.

I’ve been trying to do business as usual—running my coaching firm, preparing for travel/speaking events and working with a team on our new web site—and hoping this issue, which has been a source of tremendous stress and anxiety, would resolve itself. I’ve been treating the problem like a pair of favorite glasses that broke and are being held together by duct tape. Things are working (barely), but they’re far from ideal.

But today after a morning meditation, I heard loud and clear that this family scenario needs my full attention. And in order to do this, I’m going to have to take a stand for my needs and initiate some radical self-care.

radical self-care

Relaxing at a holy well site on my recent trip to Ireland. What do you most need this month?

For now this looks like:

  • lightening my load at work (sadly, this meant rescheduling our May TX retreat, the first time I’ve ever done this!) so I can give my family–and my health–my full attention
  • doing everything I can to ensure I’m getting adequate sleep and rest so I can make sound decisions and exercise good judgment
  • lining up a wonderful massage therapist to come to my home and help me rev down my nervous system each week
  • practicing “good is good enough” when it comes to meals (scrambled eggs, or fruit and oatmeal are all perfectly fine for dinner)
  • taking mini-sabbaticals from family life and giving myself full permission to claim the time/space I need to “find my center”
  • reaching out for regular support from a trusted counselor to help me reach a deeper level of understanding and illumination
  • creating windows of time to just be, integrate, re-calibrate and recover from some of the recent stressful interactions

Too often we keep pushing ourselves or are not taking the time to really stop, step back and fully see what most needs our attention (read What Is Your Life Trying to Tell You?). And when it comes to self-care–which I define as the art/science of attuning to your needs moment to moment—we give ourselves little morsels of stale breadcrumbs, when what we really need is a big, crusty, fresh-from-the-oven loaf of home-baked bread slathered in butter.

Just acknowledging this felt good. I’ve got my own back and I’m 100% committed to maintaining an unwavering allegiance…to myself.

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Subscribe here to Live Inside Out, a weekly blog written by life balance coach/author/speaker and self-care evangelist Renée Peterson Trudeau. Passionate about helping men and women experience balance through the art/science of self-care, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, US News & World Report, Spirituality & Health and more. Thousands of women in ten countries are becoming RTA-Certified Facilitators and leading/joining self-renewal groups based on her award-winning self-care curriculum.  She is the author of three books on life balance and mindfulness including the award-winning The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and 17-year-old son. More on her background here.

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