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Making Space 2022: Day 25

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On December 25, 2020, Martha offered us the gift of this post ‘Make Yourself The Priority’ – a reminder that self care and making space for ourselves in our days, our weeks, our lives makes sense.

We deserve the same care and attention that we give to others.

But learning to make yourself a priority isn’t a switch you can just flick on and be done with it. It’s a practice – one you’ll need to return to over and over until self care becomes a habit.

And today is as good a day as any to start doing that, even in a small way.

Perhaps you could begin by making your own preferences a little more of a factor in your decisions today. The way you like things done is just as valid as the way anyone else likes them.

Or you could take 5 extra minutes of breathing room before diving into your next task.

Or you could pick the thing that is most convenient for you even if it means a little more effort for someone else.

You matter, just as much as anyone else does (at the very least!) and it’s ok to organize your time and your efforts to reflect that you are one of your own priorities.

I wish you ease, self-compassion, and enough space to explore what making yourself a priority looks like for you.

And, as always, here are a couple of videos for you to try, if you are so inclined.

A 10 Minute Full Body Workout from the Human 2.0 YouTube channel. The still image shows a person in workout clothes in a small studio or home gym with free weights and other small equipment in the background. They are standing on their left foot with their arms stretched out to the sides and their right leg crossed behind their left with their right toes pointed to the left side
A guided meditation from the ‘Calm’ app’s YouTube channel. The video is called ‘Daily Calm: 10 Minute Mindful Meditation. Self Soothing.’ The still image shows raindrops on greenery and white text reading ‘Meditate: Self Soothing.’

About Making Space 2022

In December 2020, Fit is a Feminist Issue blogger Martha created a tradition – a series of reminder posts to take good care of ourselves during this last month of the year when it is far too easy to get swept up in your to do list, no matter what you are celebrating or not celebrating. Last year, it was my turn and after an introductory Go Team post called Give Yourself Some Space, I created a series of reminders called ‘Making Space‘ that offered a suggested short exercise video and a suggested meditation in case you needed an easy way to find space for yourself in your schedule.

For 2022, I’ll be doing the same thing but I’ll also be including a link to Martha’s post from the same date in 2020 and I’ll offer a few extra ideas for relaxation, creativity, and self-kindness here and there.

These posts are not about insisting that you do more, more, more during this busy season. Instead, I want to encourage you to remember that there IS a *YOU* who is doing all of the things and you are worth taking good care of.

Perhaps the things I suggest aren’t what you need in the moment. That’s totally ok. Perhaps you can use something else to create some space, something that will help you feel more relaxed or more in charge of your day.

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