Making time for self-care involves cultivating a life of deep connections. These meaningful relationships help us navigate the storms of life, and they do not happen overnight. We need to make time and space for these deep connections to happen, even though we may have to take a risk and become vulnerable. Here are two ideas about how to practice self-care, but also to make time for deep connections.
Schedule Your Next Vacation
I love to travel. Traveling gives me space where I can breathe deeply and gain perspective on what matters most. One of my favorite ways to travel is with friends and family. When we head out on vacation together we are given a unique opportunity to reconnect and deepen our relationship. Currently, I am on vacation with my husband celebrating our anniversary. This annual beach trip is a great time for us to process the previous year and dream of what we want the next year to look like. We love the space we have on this trip to have unique conversations about out life together. I would recommend you trying the same on your next trip with loved ones. If you are looking for some help on what conversations to have with your partner or your children, then look no further. There’s an app for that.
Practice Asking for Help & Receiving Help
One surprising form of self-care is to ask for help and then receive help. This is hard for many of us. Asking for something feels risky. Saying “I cannot do it all by myself” makes us become vulnerable. We don't want to seem needy. We don’t want our friend to disappoint by not helping out. However, one of the best ways we can cultivate deeper connections is to open ourselves to our friends and ask for help. When you do you lower the walls between you and them and surprising, meaningful things can happen. Your relationship has the potential to grow and stretch in new ways. So go ahead and ask. I’m guessing they already knew you needed help in the first place!
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