If you’ve ever traveled on a commercial airline, you’ve heard the flight attendants giving the safety briefing. It’s actually very good advice on how we should approach our own self-care. It often sounds something like this: “In the event the cabin loses air pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead compartment… please place your mask over your nose and mouth before attempting to assist those around you.”
Taking care of ourselves is not always our first reaction when it comes to our everyday living. However, to be healthy in spirit, mind and body, we have to first look to carve out the time needed to put on your own masks.
As the year comes to a close and the holidays approach, make sure you’re finding the time for reflection, meditation and/or prayer to help renew your spirit. Rest not just by sleep, but rest from work and life’s responsibilities to restore your mind. Then make one more positive choice today towards healthy eating habits and body movement. Take care of yourself so you can take care of those around you. It’s not selfish to spend time taking care of yourself.
We encourage you to make one better choice each day as you pursue a better you, and together we will pursue a better us. Here’s some ideas on how to make self-care a priority this October:
Pollinate Women’s Weekend at the Des Moines Y Camp (Oct. 10-13)
Enjoy a weekend with nothing else on the agenda but YOU. A dynamic group of women “Pollinators” will come together to create a weekend where you come first. Nature, stillness, friendship, art, music, exercise, food, fire, sleep, talking, healing…whatever connects you to your soul; you will find it at Pollinate Women’s Weekend. YMCA members enjoy a special discounted price of $275 with the promo code: ycamp19.
Self-care Sunday at Wellmark YMCA (Oct. 13)
Meditation is the art of looking inside and discovering ones’ own inner being. It’s been shown to help reduce stress and tension, improve sleep, control anxiety and promote emotional health and much more. Join Ann Y. for this intro to meditation and how you can add it to your self-care routine.
Parent’s Night Out, Kid’s Night In (Oct. 11, 18, 25)
We encourage family time but recognize the importance of providing parents an opportunity to relax and enjoy your own personal time. Our Parent’s Night Out events give your kids a safe and positive environment to have fun while you make time for yourself. Join us on Oct. 11 at the Waukee YMCA, Oct. 18 at the Walnut Creek and Wellmark YMCAs or Oct. 25 at the John R. Grubb YMCA for a night off! Register here.
Quality Family Time (Oct. 26)
Family time at the Y is about giving families as a unit, and as individuals, the opportunities to deepen relationships, develop new skills and interests, improve their health and well-being, and connect to the community. Join us at our Halloween/Fall events on Oct. 26 — Walnut Creek YMCA is hosting a Fall Family Festival and Waukee Family YMCA is throwing a Healthy Halloween party for all!