Self-Care Is The New Health Care

Written by: Sue Van Raes

Photography by: Shaunti LallyiAm

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown

Five Things That Happen When You Practice Self-Care Daily 

With crunchy leaves underfoot and the golden hue of afternoon light shining through the pumpkin fields, we begin our transition into fall.

Watching the falling leaves blanket the ground in their bright oranges and reds, there is a sense of letting go to acknowledge. The gravity of Autumn is a metaphor for both our relationship to self and our relationship to nature as a whole.

Autumn is the time of transformation from the growth of summer to the dormancy of winter. Things are winding down, and once the harvest is complete there is an opportunity to follow the inward flow of self inquiry and discovery, grounding into the wisdom of the body and mind.

Do you ever forget about self-care? 

I know you’re busy, and finding the time to take proper care of yourself can be hard. But if you neglect yourself, it won’t be long before you’re spinning from exhaustion and operating on overdrive, where it’s hard to care about anything or anyone – including you.

Self-care may seem simple because it is applicable to all humans, across all times and cultures, and is a crucial part of meeting our fundamental human needs. Yet self-care is becoming increasingly complex in today’s world. We are most often overwhelmed by ‘getting everything done,’ then to fall into bed at the end of the day feeling exhausted and drained.

The best way to establish a sustainable self-care routine is to implement short and simple self-care habits on a daily basis. Regularly dedicate some time to give love and attention to yourself – mind, body and soul.

You will know you’ve recognized what you need for yourself when you feel inspiration and passion growing in your heart. You may breathe a sigh of relief, or feel a gentle remembering of what you need for yourself.

Think of an afternoon nap, a warm bath, time set aside to read your favorite book or have tea with a friend. Perhaps self-care may look more energizing for you, like taking going for a jog, taking a swim or walking through the woods with the dog. Self-care doesn’t have to take up much time or money, but can be a short and simple treat for yourself.

Sue is the founder of Boulder Nutrition, local yoga instructor, and retreat facilitator. Sue founded, Boulder Nutrition in 2003, and teaches a combination of yoga, nutrition and food psychology in her practice.
Sue leads both individual programs, and on-going women’s groups and retreats both locally and internationally.
Sue’s insight on nutrition and food psychology has been featured in numerous publications, including People Magazine, Natural Solutions Magazine, and Elephant Journal.
Sue’s mission is to help heal the feminine through food, mind-body connection and pleasure.
Check out her book Health Wise, and her new ORIGINAL online course – Eat.Pray.Yoga. For Women.