10 Ways to Fill Your Own Cup First10,000 footprints
Growing up I was someone who was always busy. Always out doing something – – rehearsals, work, out with friends, tutoring – – looking back at my high school self, my bet is very few people would have guessed that I wasn’t an extrovert.
With as much as I did, I always allowed myself time to simply BE. To turn off the human DOing and make sure I was a human BEing. I read. A lot. I adored my art classes, and I loved the photography class that allowed us to take a camera and go anywhere we wanted to take photos. Despite being busy, I instinctually filled my cup so I had the energy to enjoy rehearsals and work and hang out with friends.
Now as an adult with, you know, the adulting that needs to happen, I less naturally take care to fill my own cup. When I stop and think about the last time I read for fun, got elbow deep in clay, or took a long walk with nothing but a camera around my neck, days have gone by since I’ve done any of those things. It is no wonder I feel exhausted most of the time.
At the end of work today, I realized I need to take care of myself first or I will burn out. So this evening I’m going to a yoga class I’ve really wanted to attend but haven’t been able to because it butts up against a volunteer rehearsal. Yoga is definitely one way I fill my cup, and but there are so many other activities that support replenishing energy.
Ways to fill your cup:
- Get outside
- Create something (art, music, writing)
- Read a book
- Practice mindfulness
- Get in the water (or close to the water)
- Garden (even inside)
- Get a massage/haircut/reiki/etc
- Bake or cook something special
- Take a self-care day (or morning, or 10 minutes)
- Literally, fill your cup first
Sometimes simply sharing with others the importance of taking care of your Self can make a world of difference. Share in the comments below, how do you fill your cup?