• Lindi Engelbrecht

2 Strategies for Rest & Self care.....

Strategies for Self-care & Rest to live from the overflow

||  Rest & Self care is so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from your overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel  ||

As a Founder of multiple Companies, mom, wife, & friend I have experienced a few desert seasons in my life in which my vessel ran empty.  Wandering in those desert landscapes, left me exposed and not very useful to my family, friends, or myself.  The cracks began to show, just as the land cleaves from the heat and lack of water, to replenish the soil.  These cracks manifested as fly-off-the-handle responses, grace-lack-words and permanent bags-under-my-eyes. 

The journey I've been on the last couple of years have made me realise 2 things..... 

If you want to contribute yourself to the world in a meaningful way, nourishing yourself is NOT an option: it’s a necessity and,

All the stress relief activities in the world won't help if you aren't taking care of yourself.

Self-care is vital for us building resilience toward those stressors in our lives that you can't eliminate. When you've taken steps to care for your mind, body and spirit, you'll be better equipped to live your best life. Unfortunately, however, many of us view self-care as a luxury, rather than a priority. Consequently, we're left feeling overwhelmed, tired, and ill-equipped to handle life's inevitable challenges.

Here is my 3 Self-Care Tips to Help You Be the Best Version of You :

  • Quiet your mind in the morning.  This is a non-negotiable for me. I spend time in the scriptures, pray and journal.  This fills my vessel in such a way that it affords me to live and love from the overflow. I love Jesus, and strategising with him in the early morning hours, prepares me for the dance of the day...it helps me co-create with Him.

  • Set aside time with family & friends once or twice a week.  My life is richly blessed with a large community, spending time with them is key to my emotional health and physical health

  • Last but not least....STOP and smell the perfume!  Literally, I love perfume.  I Try to find a few moments a day where I simply sit or stand and just connect with my senses in the present moment.  I’ll run a bath with fragrant oils, scented candles and soft music.  Bathtime is a ritual! You’ve got to get the right temperature. I don’t do bubble bath—it makes me feel too much like a kid. I have to soak for at least half an hour. If I had time I could be in that bath for three hours, although me having three hours to take a bath is like finding a leprechaun at the end of the rainbow,

Especially with women, we are usually the caretakers of everyone except for ourselves. If I don’t take care of myself and I’m taking care of my daughter or my husband or whatever—I’m running on fumes. I have nothing left to give. Nothing. But when I take the time to take care of myself, to go to the doctor, go to a spa, get a deep-tissue massage, get adjusted by chiropractor … I feel like I can face life with a renewed vigor and renewed passion.

Share with us one of your tips, on how you practice self-care in the comment box below.....