Stop Outsourcing Your Self-Care

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by Kate Krumsiek

Self-care is all the rage and, along with this surge of popularity, some weakening has also occurred. I am not reversing the trend. We must ALL prioritize care for ourselves in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but if you are like me, the definition has come to include a distinct ironic dependence on external sources and services.

There are days when I go for any kind of care, from manicure massage to acupuncture, to a yoga class with a specific teacher for treatment Starbucks. Even though it is true that each of them falls under a wide range of personal care, what I have come to see for myself, is that I must depend on 39, a set of circumstances to access this care. For example, if the nail salon is booked, the masseuse on vacation, the yoga teacher is not on the schedule, I receive a pass on my personal care. I tried it and it did not work – maybe I'll watch Binge Orange instead. Not quite the care I was aiming for.

Self is the first word of the term "caring for oneself" and I aim to make it the driving force of the phrase. I love getting a massage or cupping session with my acupuncturist but, if I'm honest, I do not plan very well when it comes to taking a cautious guard over my day-to-day well-being . Often, I hope for an appointment the same day, which rarely works. So, the care comes back to me. As Karyn says Shanks, MD in his article on the appeasement of anxiety in soothing his own biology, "there is no way to ignore or to hack our bodies in our quest to appease our submersion. Self-care is a non-negotiable part of the solution. "I've developed some key tactics to maintain self-care without having to jump the barriers that outsourcing puts in.

Practice of Sensory Awareness

Develop a practice that draws your attention to observing the sensation in your body and integrating it into your day, every day. Judith Hansen Lasater writes in her essay "Relaxing into the Self: Why We All Need to Learn to Let go" of Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice "Focusing on Feeling Will Help You Because the sensation still exists in the present moment, never in the past or the future, and you want to be in the radical present. "Yoga Tune Up Ball Work, Feldenkrais, Yoga Nidra, conscious relaxation and breathing work are examples of practices that intentionally teach the focus on the sensation and bring you directly into the present. These practices can be broken down and inserted in small doses in your day. As a Yoga Tune Up teacher, I often remind my students that my goal is to be able to use these tools outside of class; develop muscle memory to build 10-minute practices to their day and follow their own intuition to strengthen their awareness of feeling in their body.

Getting to the ground

Go barefoot, lie on the floor as much as possible. Feel the earth beneath you and let his strong support give you power. When this is not open to you, bring your feet under your hips, balance your pelvis over this foundation by centering your head on your center line of gravity. Pass your toes (wear shoes that provide space). Connect the points of your feet. Detect your connection to the ground.


Prioritize rest. "Nothing increases the stress hormones like sleep deprivation, sleep is also essential for detoxification and energy production.These qualities soothe and calm the nervous system," says Shanks. a simple strategy that, with planning and consideration, can improve everything from mood to digestion to relationships.

I call it "do it yourself", no appointment necessary. The main point of the plot is that it is available at any time and almost anywhere; simple and accessible strategies that can improve perspective, movement, anxiety, rest and overall experience. With a little forethought and a little planning, these ideas can boost wellness and add to your overall image of health.


From the beginning, the practice of yoga did everything for Kate Krumsiek – aptitude, consciousness, breath, alignment and clarity of mind. She could not resist his willingness to pass these gems to others on the teacher's carpet. Kate's training with Natasha Rizopolous provided an exceptional base of yogic knowledge from which to learn, teach and cast a wide net for further studies. Yoga Tune Up Teacher training has refined its goal of understanding to illuminate the anatomical and corrective aspects of the practice, helping students identify and correct postural habits that hinder effective movement in the body.

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