What is intention? It has become a hot buzz word over the past year and often associated with self-care. Google defines intention as “a thing intended; an aim or plan”… “she was full of good intentions”. In relation to self-care, intention is key because it means that in order to practice good consistent self-care, one must make a plan. The next step is following through on that plan.
To be intentional also means that you have to be mindful and aware of your needs. Often self-care is thought of as spending money and doing something extravagant or expensive for yourself, like taking a vacation or scheduling a spa day for pampering. These things are nice, trust I like to indulge as much as the next person; however, intentional self-care is more than a scheduled momentary event.
When you are being intentional about your self-care it starts the moment you awake and start your day all the way thru to laying your head down at the end of the day. Intentional self-care includes the mind, body, and soul. For some there is a higher need for mental and emotional self-care than physical because the body has a physical reaction to what’s going on in the mind.
We may not think of these things as self-care, but here are a few examples: simply saying “no” sometimes; setting boundaries with family, friends, co-workers, classmates, church members, or team mates; just saying “ok” rather than arguing with someone; taking your lunch break; drinking water instead of a soda; reading a book; praying or meditating … these are just a few examples of intentional self-care that can be done all throughout the day, BUT you must be intentional.
Being intentional does not always come easy because we live in a society that often runs on auto-pilot and is constantly “multi-tasking”, but it’s doable! You just have to set your mind to it and make a commitment to yourself.
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Adrienne Johnson is a Massage Therapist. Yoga Instructor. HHP. and CST-1. She affectionately refers to herself as a “body nerd” who is fascinated by the inner-workings of the human body and the body-mind connection. She is a practitioner of holistic health, which is based on the theory called ‘holism’ or the view that all the working parts that make you YOU—your body, mental state, emotional state, friends and family, and environment —are interconnected.
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