According to Spotify Stats,Swimming by the late Mac Miller was my album of the year. Cocky and laidback, assured, but self-conscience, this album has the right tone for my writing sessions. Mix in lyrics about ambition and party favors and it's fuel for a head-nodding listening session. Make sure to check out: Ladders, Jet Fuel and Self-care.
This idea of self-care was never something I paid attention to until recently. In the last couple years, I've taken more salt baths and rolled out my legs more than all the previous decade combined. Why?
Dog walking, especially in the way I was doing it, gets grueling day to day on the knees, hips, and back. Since every dog is a different size and temperament, I have to adjust to their being. That means every walk is different as well as the muscles worked and reworked strain in different ways. Hence the salt baths and the stretching.
This new daily, methodical preservation of my body gives me a different mindset. I drink more water and I stretch more. There are degrees of difference in my day when I make sure I drank a large glass of water when I first wake up (which I learned from this book) and stretch the night before. I creak less. I'm more limber. I'm lighter on my feet. The only way I know this is through my own experimentation. Trying to identify those points in my day where I could feel better led me to this routine.
Self-care isn't a grandiose treat yourself day, though that can be it. It's a daily routine and it's a little different every day. A way to stay healthy in face of demands. It's finding those spaces in your day where you can focus on yourself and only yourself. It can be a walk, a bath, a stretch, cooking, etc. Whatever it is, make sure your self-care is free from tech, tv, and time. By allowing yourself to feel your self again, your body and mind heal while you continue to grow.
- Eric Maus
"Move it, stretch it, nourish it, hydrate it, pay attention to it—The better our bodies feel, the happier and more productive we are.” Jen Sincero, You are a Badass