We are all very good at endeavouring to be kind to others, to hold others in understanding, to be gentle and nurturing but for what ever reasons – when it comes to doing this for ourselves – we are not not so good!
That hard task master – the perfectionist – the nothing is ever good mode comes out way too frequently!
But you know, its only what we have inside of ourselves that we can give to others – our vessel has to be filled first.
There is lots of information about self-care these days – but sometimes, although in words it feels such a definite need in action – it can still feel selfish – putting your own needs first – it so ingrained to feel “its not all about you! / me”
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” ~ Parker Palmer
Ask yourself the question – “What can I do for me right now that will make me feel good” – or nourished or cared for? (use the words that feel comfortable and right for you)
This could be two minutes of pause – it could be sitting down and having a cuppa – it could be booking yourself a foot massage (I have no idea why I said foot massage – I cant think of anything worse! ) – it could be picking the phone up and talking to your friend, your sister, your mother………
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Two challenges for you today
- see if you can do something just for you today
- If you hear yourself being hard on yourself or criticising yourself – stop, pause and think how you would respond to someone you cared about…… soften, be kind, be gentle to you.
And if you have time – try journalling on the title – how do I show myself compassion? and see what comes up for you….
Do share your thoughts below ♥
Have a beautiful weekend