Self-Care is often an overlooked part of the day and can be easier said than done. When we come to realize that at the end of the day, the only person who will ever truly care for our physical and emotional needs is the person looking in the mirror, it becomes a bit easier to start putting ourselves first.
I believe there is a misconception that it is a good thing to wear badges of honour for being busy. Busy working, creating, taking care of everyone and everything else, and that because of this output of energy towards other things and other people, that it is somehow okay to neglect the needs of ourselves.
I speak from personal experience and from an open place of seeing and recognizing patterns I can fall into when I neglect to practice regular self-care. There are still many days where everyone in my family has been nurtured and cared for before I have slowed down to consider my own needs, even my basic needs. There are times where I allow others to overstep boundaries despite my inner voice urging me to say no or to not engage. There are days where I don’t do my morning meditation or get out in the fresh air for a run, or in extreme cases, where I jump right into position in front of my computer to work and neglect to eat breakfast. There are still days, far more days than I like to admit, that I care for others’ needs before my own, but I believe the important message in all of this is, for me anyway, is that it is all completely within my control and there is absolutely nothing selfish in self-care.
With regular practice, self-care can become a ‘given’ and natural part of the day and the benefits of doing this will ripple out and have a far greater reach than putting ourselves far down the list.
We are each our own best caregiver, advocate, nurturer, guide and source of love and acceptance. When we take care of ourselves first, we end up being in a much stronger position to truly help others from an authentic place…it becomes easier to say no instead of yes all of the time, to stop giving our energy to others who are energy vampires and most importantly to live life from a happier more balanced way of being.
I say YES to Self-Care and encourage everyone to do the same. Let’s shift the perception around what it really means to take care of yourself first.
Have an amazing weekend!
Believe in Yourself – ❤ Emily
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