March 14, 2019
Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π, and self-care is how we celebrate ourselves.
Pi Day is observed on March 14th. Self-care needs to be observed – and practiced – every day.
I’m no mathematician, so Pi is a bit confusing to me. Yet it is celebrated every year on this day, and people all over social media are calling attention to it and posting photos of variations of pi, or pie! Thought I’d do the same!
Some years ago I read an important question. It was, “If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?” That got my attention, and I gave some thought to exactly how I had been taking care of myself.
At that time, stress was a big part of daily life with raising kids, working full-time, attending university at night, and volunteering. There was definitely not much time for me. Soon, I felt the strain of all that responsibility within my body, with headaches, muscle tension, and upset stomach, not to mention a lack of patience and sometimes snapping at others.
It took some time, and a temporary illness (I’m fine now) to make me want to take seriously my own health, both mental and physical. I guess realizing that the clock keeps ticking on life as well, gave me more reason to map out a plan for my self-care.
Yes, people are busy. There are so many commitments and stresses that seem to wring every ounce of energy out of you some days. Well …those are the exact days when you need to do something special for yourself – something that will rejuvenate not only your body, your mind, but your spirit too.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Meditate by sitting quietly with eyes closed and feet firmly on the floor/ground for 5 or 10 minutes.
- Take a warm bath, light a candle and enjoy a cool beverage.
- Curl up with some pillows and a throw and read a book you’ve been thinking about.
- Call a dear friend and do some serious laughing together.
- Go for a brisk walk, even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes.
- Take a leisurely stroll through a park or a wooded area – where safe to do so.
- Sit against a tree and watch a creek or river roll by.
- Cuddle with a pet – or even a teddy bear.
- Sit on a porch or deck with a big mug of tea or hot chocolate and watch the sunrise/sunset.
Whatever you choose to do, it needs to be something that will bring you a few moments – or longer – of peace, quiet and reflection time. After all, you live inside yourself, so you deserve this.
What the heck, then go have a piece of your favourite pie!
Be good to You.