Last year I made a goal to intentionally start taking better care of myself – mind, body and soul!
It’s a beautiful thing when we become more in tune with our bodies, and just learn to listen to them.
I finally started taking Mat Pilates with Miss Lisa, and I cannot lie, I immediately started to feel a difference. Notice I said, feel. Although, I did start to see the difference the more I consistently went to class! Remember, you only get out what you put in. So make sure you put in work.
So what’s my point? I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to take care of yourself, to love yourself! In fact, it’s quite necessary. As parents we have the innate need to care for our children, our significant others, our friends, everyone but ourselves. We do this with the best intentions in mind.
But, we must remember…
Why is Self-Care Important?
Self-care promotes respect and love for ourselves. When we make time for ourselves to do things that help us recharge and feel good about ourselves, we in turn are better equipped and prepared to be there for our loved ones.
Also, when we practice self-care we are being good examples for our children and others in our lives.
Self-care helps reduce stress. When we take a moment to think about what we truly want for ourselves, the noise fades and we become empowered to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families.
Self-care helps us gain clarity. When we focus on our body, mind and soul we reach a sense of clarity that allows us to be refreshed in all aspects of our lives.
How Do I Practice Self-Care?
Self-care is something we do for ourselves on a daily basis. It’s a mindset and a lifestyle. It’s the belief that we are important and that we matter. Taking care of ourselves is a process, a journey even.
Self-care doesn’t have to mean we go out and get a massage or a pedicure everyday. Yes, those things are awesome and we should do them when we can. But the point is that we become aware of our personal needs and take time to meet them.
Here are a few things you can do to practice self-care…
- Set aside 10-15 minutes a day to read, pray, journal, stretch or meditate
- Schedule time for yourself. When you write it down, it’s more likely to happen
- Try something new
- Revisit a dream you put on hold
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Take what you can. If you arrive to an appointment early take a few deep breathes and recenter yourself
- Make healthy food choices
- Take care of yourself physically. You know take a Mat Pilates class once or twice a week and commit!
Mat Pilates + Self-Care
Speaking of taking care of yourself physically, Dance & Company has a great fitness program for adults, including some dance classes like ballet and tap. As I mentioned earlier, Mat Pilates has definitely become part of my self-care routine. It’s one glorious hour where I can focus on myself – mind, body and soul. It’s a place where I am surrounded by like-minded women who are all there for the same thing. There is no judgement, just challenging yourself to be better and feel better.
Mat Pilates is the perfect exercise because it focuses on the entire body, rather than exercising each part individually. As you focus on your body as a whole, you’ll achieve better alignment and re-teach your body to move more efficiently. Isn’t that the dream?
Pilates mat work demonstrates how amazing your body truly is as you use it to achieve fitness without the use of heavy workout equipment.
We think it’s so great Dance & Company is offering a complimentary class in March for all first time students!
Join us! Take a deep breath, get in touch with your body and take a step towards taking care of yourself! You deserve it.
Self-Care Saturday Event Details
When: Saturday, March 4, 8 am – 9 am
Where: Dance & Company
Cost: Free for all first time students
*No experience required, participants must be 16 years or older. Modifications to movement will be demonstrated.
*Childcare not provided, please leave the littles home so you can focus on YOU!
See you there!
Author Bio: Angela Quisumbing is a dance mom to a beautiful little girl! She is the founder and editor of The Pinky Project, a local community family and lifestyle blog where she writes and shares her adventures in parenting. Her daughter is in Hip Hop and is finally starting to take Mat Pilates with Miss Lisa!