For many years, I have thought that self-care involved getting a massage, receiving a luxurious facial, hiking in our beautiful forests, attending a fancy retreat, enjoying a relaxing bubble bath, reading a good book and listening to jazz music with some lit candles.
Through the years, I have found that self-care was holding my grandsons and rocking them to sleep after story time.
I became an herbalist in 2017 and learned about the power of plants and herbs. The education I received has allowed my company to include wholesome ingredients for our clients for whom we cook and cater.
We need self-care all the time. Self-care practices are activities we engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain well-being. Eating food you enjoy is self-care. I also use cooking as a form of relaxation and nurturing. Meal planning to save you stress and time later in the week is also a tool of self-care. Eating ice cream to make you feel better can be self-care. Working through struggles with food and a challenging eating disorder is self-care. We have some wonderful professionals in our community who can assist. We work with local Certified Dietician Katy Kimball. Katy has supported our business with nutritional and dietary consulting with our clients and daily menus. Her biggest focus is portion size.
Self-care is about honoring your body and respecting yourself.
In 2020, we will focus on education to the community to support the program “Healthy Food and Healthy Living!” We want to create the opportunity for everyone to be able to make great choices when it comes to food and self-care.
May 2020 bring prosperity, love and wonderful self-care to all. QCBN
By Debbie Maranville
Debbie Maranville is the co-owner of The Natural Healing Garden/Goods from the Garden. The Natural Healing Garden/ Goods from the Garden can be reached at 928-237-4116 or 928-237-3214 or Naturalhealinggarden@gmail.com