What It Means to Really Take Care of Yourself
I found peace by journaling and peeling back layers to heal the hurt that was buried beneath instead of pushing them away.
I slowed down, simplified tasks, reduced my online time, and committed to less instead of doing, moving, and achieving simply for the sake of it.
Светлана Модорова.I felt. I embraced the sadness I’d been carrying with me and leaned into my fears instead of placing a patch on them.
I listened to my body. I became a vegetarian and practiced mindful eating instead of counting calories and agonizing over whether or not I consumed too many carbs.
I chose to let go of the stories I kept replaying about the past and the worries I created for the future instead of clinging to fear and anxiety.
Dominique.FortinI practiced saying no to the commitments that didn’t serve my values instead of saying yes to everything and shorting myself with each added responsibility.
I created sanctuaries—weekly time for me to relax and just be—instead of waiting for burn out before replenishing.
I followed my intuition and listened to myself in meditation instead of thinking and overanalyzing to the point of exhaustion.
I asked myself questions and allowed it to be okay that I didn’t have the answers right away instead of being hard on myself for not knowing.
François FressinierI began fully acknowledging the present in its entirety—every aspect, including the playful, joyful moments, and the uncomfortable, challenging ones.
Suddenly, the world took on a different appearance—a kinder, more meaningful, more abundant, and compassionate glow.
When we listen to our intuition, embrace all of our imperfections, and stay authentic to who we are, this is taking care.
When we ground ourselves in the present and make mental space to find clarity, this is taking care.
When we discover our interior barriers and find the courage to dissolve them, this is taking care.
When we learn to be gentle with ourselves, this is truly taking care.
When is the last time you acknowledged the feelings that are asking for your attention?
How do you take care of yourself from the inside out so that you can fully experience life?
“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.” ~Max Ehrmann
love and light,