– the art of self-care –
This week, we are well on our way to finding new uses for our personal Wheels of Wellness. Before I get into my thoughts for this week’s prompt, I must share this week’s creative expression. If you keep up with my blog and have seen my previous weeks of my Wheel of Wellness, you’d see that I had a goal of trying a new form of exercise. Being that I’d taken two Pilates Barre classes before and really hadn’t enjoyed them (although I was sore for days, which means it was very effective, so maybe I was just at a too-advanced-for-me level in my previous experiences.
Moving on to the point: I created a ballet barre for my backyard in an effort to learn Barre Pilates at my own pace while my toddler plays outside. In a previous creative practice blog post, I revealed a table that I built (below). To build the ballet barre, I took the legs off of the table (because currently, I am not able to use the table).
And so, for my efforts to further my self-care and work on my wood-working skills, I present my new free-standing outdoor ballet barre….
Now that I showed the fun part of my week and what I call my weekly creative wellness project, let’s move forward and discuss my current adapted Wheel of Wellness.
Within the focus of this week’s assigned reading, personal researching, and class prompted discussion, we learned about the importance and science behind self-care in the workplace and in the personal lives of those in care providing professions.
Here is my interpretation of the Wheel of Wellness, from my ideas from a care provider’s personal perspective:
What you’ll notice is that exercise or what I like to call “any opportunity to be sweaty and moving,” is evident in all of my Wheels of Wellness. Being that I truly believe in wearing your body out in order to get your mind moving more, exhausting myself is something that I quite enjoy regularly.
If the photo doesn’t show well, here are the points on my wheel:
.Commute- leaving earlier to avoid the “late” anxiety
.Finding time to breathe at work (quiet time), make time with sharing lunchtime
.eat well at lunch to avoid the 2pm crash
.prep dinner the night before after little one is in bed to make less of a struggle coming home from work, this way, I’m not thinking about what to make for dinner while I should be focusing on work.
.Allow for time to explore avenues of creative expansion at work
An extra area, or extra wheel of wellness, that I like to include in addition to my career wheel, is my wheel of wellness for gratitude. Personally, I feel that reflecting on things I am grateful for, it brings my reality back to a solid foundation for the week by recognizing what the positives are in my current life.
Next up is my career timeline.
This is self explanatory.
Just a simple run-down of my goals in the coming year.
In closing, here’s some simple food for thought…
Take care of yourself first.
We can’t pour from an empty cup.
Thanks for stopping by,