There is nothing more empowering than knowing how to take care of yourself when life gets tough. This isn’t something that came naturally to me. Like many people, and women, in particular, I grew up with the subliminal message that self-care was an act of selfishness. But that storyline is a lie. Nothing could be further from the truth. Self-care makes you strong, which in turn makes you a better family member, neighbor, worker, you name it.

I had to learn that there was no moving ahead until I found self-care practices that nurtured and strengthened me. I had to figure out where to find these tools, and I had to evaluate which tools were most effective for me in my times of crisis.

I often talk about the practical applications of self-care tools such as breath, healing movement, mantra, focus, and nourishing our bodies. In the heat of an intense situation, we can go to these helpful instruments and trust that they will help us turn the situation around. They will open doors rather than slam them closed. This is what is necessary to foster health and healing in the future.

Take the mysticism out self-care and apply the very practical approaches of the practices to your healing regime. In our huge lives, and particularly during extreme life challenges when we are trying to figure our way out difficulty, it is very hard to learn anything new. Embracing self-healing as a lifestyle before a crisis gives you a valuable set of skills.

The more you practice self-care, the more you will apply the tools to your life. Feel the enormous benefits they bring to you and go back to them again and again.