Playing a bit of catch-up again. So much for blogging every day – but “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good…”
O: Opt (in or out)
Last week I was registered for a networking event with other consultants to nonprofits in an association I belong to. I don’t attend too many of these types of events any more – but this one was just blocks from my home instead of in downtown Chicago. I was interested in the topic and had the time. It all made sense. Until 20 minutes to start time when I was walking to my room to change and head out.
In a snap, I decided not to go. I returned to the couch, told my husband I changed my mind, and relaxed for the evening. I opted in and then I opted out.
For me, self-care is about choice. While some things are obligatory – like the April 15 tax deadline in the United States – with many activities, hobbies, habits, and events we can opt in or opt out.
Self-care for body, mind and spirit involves exercising our power to opt in or opt out.
To pamper, according to a simple Google search, is – “to indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness; spoil.”
When you check Merriam-Webster, the archaic definition is – “to cram with rich food: GLUT.”
Which definition of to pamper best defines self-care for you?
Does pamper mean:
- A bubble bath and candles?
- A full-body massage?
- A bowl full of delicious salad with just the right amount of dressing?
- A big piece of chocolate cake with ice cream?
- A good book with a cup of tea?
- A run or walk?
- A day at the beach?
- A glass of wine?
- A horror film?
If to pamper means “to indulge with every attention” – how do you pamper yourself?