When I first saw the advertising for this event in the elevator of a West Village residential building, it made me laugh. It had been printed out on a paper with no background what so ever. I wondered what, exactly, would the attendees be doing? Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it.
The second time I was in this particular elevator, the sign had been reprinted with a faint background of people standing with one arm over their head. So perhaps something movement related, but still short on specifics.
Self-care is anything that nourishes your physical, mental, and emotional being in a healthy way. But to be really effective, it can't just be anything.
A huge part of self-care is the process of asking yourself how you feel and what YOU need to have more health and balance in your life. Reflecting on what you need to refuel is just as much self-care as the actual prioritizing and doing of the self-care.
Another aspect of self-care is knowing what NOT to do. There are lots of things that can seem soothing but don't really nourish us in a healthy way.
So while the basics of human self-care are universal... sleep, movement, nutrition, emotional support, safety, etc... being specific with what YOU need increases the quality of care you give yourself.
At PIVOT Pilates + Restorative Exercise, we see all different types of people in varying ages and abilities. But we are very specific with what we offer: an hour of body awareness and exercise for better blood flow, coordination, and ease of movement, all in a calm, non-competitive atmosphere.
So don’t settle for basic...get specific with your self-care needs!