On a recent vacation I saw 4 unique and equally beautiful sunsets. I didn’t do much else…
I went prepared to investigate the area I was visiting, take long walks on the beach, and relax at the beach. Instead I found myself unable to do much else than take shorts walks on the beach and move from sitting at the beach to sitting at the pool. The location was perfectly relaxing with the sound of waves on the beach 24 hours a day accompanied by a nice breeze. 🙂
The first afternoon I gave into the need to simply relax. Thinking I’m just tired from an early morning of travel. And thinking I’ll do more tomorrow. I listened to my body which was saying slow down and really relax. Day 2 I went for a walk on the beach and only ended up going about a mile, which for me is not much. I again gave into the need to simply relax by sitting at the beach most of the day and feeling very calm. Day 3 turned out to be a repeat of day 2.
With each day I felt more at peace and perfectly content simply being. I let go of accomplishing long walks and investigating the area I was visiting. Not surprising day 4 and day 5 ended up like the other days up until I had to go to the airport.
Even though my vacation looked different than I initially thought it would, it was just what I needed. Because I listened to my body and what it needed and what it didn’t need. Being on vacation definitely made it easier to react to my body, change my plans according to what my body needed (which was complete relaxation), and what my body really didn’t need (which was to do activities and accomplish things).
What I’ve learned is that listening to my body, being flexible, and possibly changing plans is part of self care. I know I’m no good for anyone if I’m not first taking care of myself.
I encourage you to think about how you can best listen to your body and practice self care today and everyday to be your best for you, your family, friends, community, and world.
Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle