The foundation of emotional intelligence is the development of self-awareness. I have had many conversations with colleagues and clients about whether we can develop self-awareness without self-care. After careful inquiry the answer has always been, “no.”I have come to experience self-care as a doorway to self-awareness and this involves slowing down and remembering ourselves, which may be the greatest challenge as we face the demands in caring for others.
Walking is one of my routine self-care practices. When I am walking and in nature, I am in touch with what I love in the world, my perspective grows and I am reminded of what is important to me in my life. I feel more optimistic, energized and grateful. My body feels strong and I experience myself with more equanimity and inner strength.
Did you know that: (Excerpt from Brain Rules by John Medina, www.brainrules.net)
- Our brains were built for walking – 12 miles a day!
- To improve your thinking skills, move.
- Exercise get blood to your brain, bringing it glucose for energy and oxygen to soak up the toxic electrons that are left over: It also stimulates the protein that keeps neurons connecting.
- Aerobic exercise just twice a week halves your risk of general dementia. It cuts your risk of Alzheimer’s by 60 percent.
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