How to Refill Your Cup in 5 Steps
Whether for kids, grandkids, spouses, parents, friends or neighbors, women are often caregivers.
We work hard inside and outside the home. That doesn’t stop with an empty nest or even retirement.
Women keep the world running.
That’s why it’s vitally important that we take good care of ourselves before caring for others.
Learning how to refill your cup feels good,
makes you more resilient and allows you to give from a place of abundance.
It’s vital for keeping your body strong—for yourself as well as those who love and depend on you.
But if you’re in the habit of giving until you collapse,
learning how to refill your cup before it’s
empty might feel like a tall order—but we have a few ideas to help.
For our five steps to greater resilience, health and peace of mind, read on…
1. Tune in.
When you’re not used to thinking about your feelings
on a regular basis, it may be difficult for you to
know what’s going in the tank.
So take this moment right now and tune into how does your body feel?
For example, do you feel light or heavy, energetic or fatigued?
Once you have determined what that is like then use those sensations
as clues when determining whether or not something needs attention.
If you are feeling heavy, tired or anxious
maybe it’s time for some meditation and deep breathing exercises.
Perhaps a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables
with plenty of water will help to get the body back on track?
If not enough sleep is an issue then try going to bed earlier
or setting up your bedroom in such a way that promotes quality rest.
2. Learn what works for you.
After you take time to understand
what works best for your body, it’s easier to be healthy.
When I’m feeling sluggish and tired of life,
there are few things that make me feel so refreshed
such as a short nap or some fresh air.
Sometimes all the information out there
can be overwhelming; however being aware of my natural
preference gives me an idea about how
I want to live in order stay happy and energized!
3. Consider ALL your needs.
It’s important to consider all of your needs:
physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual.
Physical needs can include exercise or a healthy diet
while caring for mental health could look like scheduling alone time;
reducing workload or limiting social media
might be good ways too!
Spiritual wants are less
clear cut but mindfulness is often one way that
people take care of their spirit side as well so
it’s worth considering how you want to feed this need in yourself.
4. Schedule it.
When you’re not used to caring for yourself,
it can be hard to make time and space in your day.
So if the cup feels full after spending a few hours
with friends or loved ones don’t agree right away
on another get together- set date, time and location!
If self care is more sleep – reset alarm clock so that
partner knows how much extra rest they should give you.
Try not put off anything else when there’s
something simple– like sleeping in!–that
would take just minutes of prep work before bedtime.
Keep in mind that self-care time is
not multitasking time. Focus on the present moment—don’t worry
about the future or even think about what comes next.
Of course, if your plan doesn’t work out for any reason,
be kind, flexible and gentle with yourself—and reschedule
like you would with a good friend.
5. Don’t stop when you feel better.
Overcoming an illness is very rewarding,
but it can also be easy to forget the importance
of your self-care when you are feeling better.
You don’t want to go through all that hard work
only for everything else in life and stressors
such as poor eating habits or lack of sleep take over again!
That’s why people who have experienced a physical health change
should consider asking someone they trust
like their spouse, friend or family member for help
with getting back on track.
If this person struggles too then these check-ins may inspire
them to start caring about themselves as well.