Taking care of yourself
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Many people spend their time being busy but few ever really feel satisfied and
happy with their life. Taking care of you begins with loving yourself, not selfish love but taking care of our
spiritual, mental and physical needs.
You can never take care of anyone truthfully until you take care
of yourself first. The safety first video shown on a plane will always advise a parent to put the oxygen mask on
themselves before doing it for their children. This is because the parent needs to be physically strong to help
Taking care of your self is also about loving yourself. That means to remember to
do things for yourself such as taking care of your physical body, your health and your spirituality. Only then can
you effectively take care of other people.
Start your day with a positive attitude. Look into the mirror and tell yourself
that you are happy, beautiful and you are looking forward to the day ahead. Your positive attitude will help you
ride through daily trials and will also create a positive influence on the people you meet.
Many of us self talk and negative self talk such as words that demean ourselves
makes us miserable. Have positive self talk when you made a mistake or come across an obstacle. Tell yourself that
you will be able to overcome it, you have the skills to solve the problems, and there will be a positive outcome.
Do not attempt to criticise yourself in such a way as destroying your self esteem. Learn to praise yourself when
you are doing something right.
Learn to say No and do not compromised your beliefs to please others. Saying Yes
when you want to say No will make you unhappy. This unhappiness stays in your mind and can be emotionally damaging.
You should be able to stand for your own beliefs especially when your intentions are good.
Take time off for yourself. Take a walk along the beach or take a deserving break.
Indulge in a spa or your favourite sport to rejuvenate your mind and keep your body
Eat properly and healthily. Nourishing our body with healthy food not only keep us
away from ailments, it also help maintain a healthy mind.
Do the things that you enjoy even if it is simple things like a bubble bath, a
nice meal or going to the theatre.
Create quiet time for yourself to go through your goals and aspirations. Such
times are vital for you to access your current situation, to design your next level of self fulfilment and to
nourish yourself with knowledge.
Taking care of yourself does not mean that you don’t take care of others. In fact
they are interlinked. When you have effectively taken care of yourself, you will be in a better position take care
of others both mentally and physically.
Let yourself go, replenish your soul
and nourish your body. You deserve it.