I arrive back in Canada tomorrow reuniting with my family on Valentine's Day - the day to mark our love for others. Then Monday is Family Day, a relatively new Canadian public holiday to recognize the importance of spending time with family. So my return is well timed.
As I was packing up this morning, I started wondering why there isn't a self care day. This past week at the Kaiut Yoga School has reinforced for me the importance of taking care of ourselves. Midway through the week when my husband saw me on Skype he was blown away by how refreshed I looked. A Brazilian friend commented yesterday on how much my face has changed since I've been here. And I feel it. I feel rested, content, grounded and inspired. I am looking forward to getting back to the hustle and bustle of parenthood. I feel energized to see my colleagues, my team, and jump into work.
When we take care of ourselves we take care of others. There is no greater truth. We are more capable of being patient parents, kind bosses, loving spouses and supportive friends. Our children learn how to live life by what we model, and I don't know a mother or a father that doesn't want their kids to grow up to take good care of themselves.
Kaiut Yoga is a big part of my self care - for my own qualify of life, so I can take care of those I love, and to present self care as assumptive part of life to my kids.
In case you're wondering I did Google it and there is an International Self Care Day on July 24th each year. But who knows that? Too few people.
Take care of you. Namaste.