Taking Care of Ourselves

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Taking Care of Ourselves
Mon, 08-04-2014 - 2:37am

What are some of the things you do to take care of yourself?
I think that this is really important in "Finding Our Best Life".
Please share!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-04-2014
Mon, 08-04-2014 - 8:38pm

Hi NightAngel,

First of all, thank you for posting this topic...it is always a good reminder that we have to take care of ourselves, as often that is something that we as women fail to do as we put others first.

Secondly, I have to comment on how cute your attached kitty cat photo is...ADORABLE...and I love the quote.

To answer your question, I do a myriad of things to take care of myself--I find that variety is indeed the spice of life, so I like to nurture myself in many different ways:

1.  Frequent professional massages and spa days

2.  Long, soaking aroma therapy baths with all natural ingredients

3.  Even longer walks on the beach just off the shore so that I can enjoy the water cascading around my feet

4.  Talking to my overseas friends on the phone for hours...or sometimes making an impromptu trip to see them in person

5.  Meeting up with my local and interstate U.S. based friends with great regularity to talk, eat, play, experience and enjoy life

6.  Praying and Meditating

7.  Practicing Yoga

8.  Eating delicious, nutritious, whole food with slow purposeful intention and enjoyment

9.  Dancing

10.  Actively participating in group sports and other social outdoor activities

11.  Cooking...and hosting dinner parties for my beautiful friends

12.  Reading interesting, suspenseful novels whilst laying on the beach or in my hammock at my home

13.  Expanding my mind through reading, research, classes, seminars, online courses, retreats, and worldwide travel

14.  Taking technology breaks

I find that when I take the time to invest in myself and take care of myself, I have so much energy to give to my family, friends, clients and community.  I adore helping others, and as the flight attendant announcement on the airplane says, "Please put your mask on and secure it BEFORE helping others." Smile

Have an AMAZING DAY Everyone!


Avatar for akamarti
Community Leader
Registered: 02-14-2000
Tue, 08-12-2014 - 6:35am

At my age, I can indulge more in myself (after the obligatory chores and medical routines).

I'll list, too, It's a great way to answer this one.

1. I read a lot!

2. I craft.

3, I, too, talk on the phone, Love this free long-distance. I remember when we used to make a person-to-person collect call to let our parents know we had gotten home safely. They'd refuse the call but know the meaning.

4. I shop.....but I've cut back on that while we're unpacking.

5. I enjoy my big family.

6. I garden.

7. Usually, I volunteer but haven't the time right now.

8. I play with the cats....or they play with me.

9.  I sew...clothes, gifts, accessories, Barbie clothes, etc.

10. I journal at least twice a week.

11. I have all kinds of collections I work with. (With which I work sounds pretentious even if it is gramatically correct!

12. I go to the beach.....and walk a little and collect shells or rocks or small driftwood pieces. Too cold to swim in Puget Sound!

13. I plan to get a swim pass for the local pool and swim against the current of the "river" there.

14. I go out ALONE and just stop at shops and browse. 

15. I do my nails...although it never lasts long!

16. I guess having over 100 colors of nail polish and a lot of decals, sparkles, etc. is a definite self indulgence, even though I use it all for crafting, too.

17. I noodle around with my pan pipes, steel drum or other instruments.

18.  Generally I do what I want to and say no to what I don't want to!

19. I "speak my piece" when I hear or see something WRONG.

20.  I feel free to be me!


Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Fri, 08-15-2014 - 1:45pm

Thanks so much for sharing!

Love the kitty to...;)


Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Fri, 08-15-2014 - 1:50pm

Thanks Marti for sharing.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Sat, 11-08-2014 - 5:32pm