I go to counselling. I am not ashamed to admit it.
I say this because there is stigma attached to it and I would like to help break that stigma down. I have very supportive people in my life, but there is something different about getting to navigate thoughts, feelings, and goals with someone who does not have a vested interest in how my life turns out.
I also think that as a counsellor I am responsible to know what it feels like to be a client; to be vulnerable.
Recently, in a counselling session I came to a realization that I spend much of my time being productive; trying to move my life forward. but maybe not enough time caring for myself. My idea of self-care before was doing something you enjoy and being mindful/present in that activity. But when I would try to have a nice soothing bath or sit to draw or paint, I would feel restless. These activities were not peaceful; they were somewhat agitating. I still really wanted to provide myself with care but was not sure how to do that.
Upon reflection and having a better understanding of self-care, I realized I enjoy the feeling of propelling my life forward. So why not try to incorporate self-care into my productive life instead of trying to force myself to be still. So I am going to start a series of posts entitled “Self-Care Sundays with Spike” to give you a glimpse into my journey of incorporating care into my life more often. In case you are wondering who Spike is, he is my family’s 20-year-old cat, I now have the pleasure of getting to live with and is a big part of my self-care. He is surprisingly feisty, for an old guy and very, very, very cuddly. Cuddling is his favorite!
So while we wait for Volume 3 of Woodland Wisdom Books, I hope you enjoy Self-Care Sundays with Spike coming to you this Sunday.
I would love to find out what you do for self-care? #SelfCareSundaysWithSpike. Take good care everyone
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