One of my Facebook friends did a post about “new week, new intentions” and asked, ” what will you nurture this week?”. This got me thinking. We are coming to the close of 2018 and the start of 2019, a time when lots of us start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, most people start resolutions when the new year comes, but often there is little to no follow through. Maybe New Year’s isn’t the time to start resolutions/intentions, but different times throughout the year, we should take an inventory of what we need and make changes all through the year.
My nurture intention this week is about nurturing my mind, body, and soul/spirit. What do I plan to do so that I am nurturing all of me? I am going to nurture my mind by purging things that I don’t need any longer. This is something I am always working on because it takes me a long time to get to the point where I can let go of some things. Getting rid of clutter will free up some of my anxiety, which I have been struggling with lately. I also want to nurture my body by choosing to eat healthy foods, foods that nurture and fuel my body, but I also want to enjoy foods too and not be too restrictive. I also plan to nurture my soul/spirit by being creative. I find when I am creative, and creativity can be some many things, I am a much happier, calmer person. The last thing that I want to nurture are my holiday traditions with my children. I would say Christmas, but I also want to nurture things that don’t necessarily have to do with Christmas, but maybe that have to do with the holiday spirit, like the lighting of the menorah in my town, even though we are not Jewish. I want to embrace the season and make memories!
There are so many ways to nurture ourselves. The things we choose to do for ourselves or to not do can either nurture of hurt us. It is important to take time to figure out what you need in the moment not just do what others say is nurturing. Yes, those things may be intrinsically nurturing, but they may not be nurturing in this moment. Life is busy, but these are things that I need to work on keeping at the forefront of my mind and actions. I talk a lot about filling our cuts and making sure we take care of ourselves. Then I watched a Hallmark show, yes a hallmark show, that seemed a little negative about putting ourselves first. What I take from this, is that we shouldn’t put ourselves first at the expense of others, but we need to make sure that we take care of ourselves along with taking care of others. Nurture yourself while nurturing those you love and care about.
What are you going to do to nurture you?