If you’re following me on my Facebook page, you’ll have seen that I’ve started a new tradition in my life and on my blog: Self-Centred Sundays. This concept, birthed by Tara Bliss of Such Different Skies, is literally the virtual permission slip I’ve needed to slow down and revel in “me” time. It’s a new way for me to approach self-care and really tune in to what my body needs, instead of giving in to the constant chatter in my brain. Self-Centred Sundays are a day devoted to ME, where I can be as lazy and self-indulgent as I please….guilt free!
A lot of the impetus for me starting this blog and embarking on this self-compassionate journey was because I was feeling overwhelmed, out of control and completely out of balance. And unfortunately, the stress of it all was evident all over my face....literally. My poor skin was taking the brunt of the attack and I was suffering serious breakouts. You'd think this would be a signal for me to stop pushing so hard, but it seems I am a slow learner.
I finally realized: I was tired. Tired of dreading Mondays. Tired of having to force myself to the gym. Tired of feeling guilty every time I took a few minutes to myself to just relax and recharge my batteries. Tired of the things I loved the most (soccer, yoga, school, spending time with friends) feeling like yet ANOTHER thing on my to-do list. My doer personality was so used to making the most of every waking minute that the thought of a work-free Sunday was positively unheard of. But instead, I listened to the little voice inside me, the one I normally actively ignore and put MYSELF on my to-do list. And what a day it was!
HERE'S HOW I CELEBRATED SELF-CENTRED SUNDAYS THIS WEEK:
A day at the Leslieville Farmer’s Market, feasting on homemade spaghetti (a childhood FAVOURITE), family time and a glass of red wine to finish off a deliciously indulgent day.
I feel relaxed and recharged for the week ahead and I seriously can’t wait to do it all over again next week! Self-Centred Sundays is truly a mini revolution. So go on, put yourself at the top of that never-ending to-do list and dedicate a day to you. I promise, you won’t regret it.
THE WEEK AHEAD:
Things are pretty hectic this week, both in my personal and professional life. Normally, I would be racing around, trying to be everywhere at once, trying my hardest to keep the proverbial "balls in the air". This week I intend to take what comes one step at a time and trust in the process.
Be More: Patient
Do Less: Thinking in the negative
Start: Celebrating wins, however small
Stop: Going to bed past 11pm
Now over to you my lovelies! What are your intentions for the week ahead? Perhaps you'll join me next week for Self-Centred Sundays? Give yourself permission to do something for you and don’t forget the hashtag #selfcentredsundays!