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Making Self-Care a Priority 

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The concept of self-care can still be seen as a ‘luxury’ item and in our busy lives we often consider it to be an act of selfishness.

Sometimes wisdom comes from strange places and one of the most profound lessons I have learned came from watching the safety demonstration when travelling by air. It doesn’t matter which airline you fly the message is always the same – Fit Your Own Mask First. The basic premise behind this procedure is that you cannot help others if you are in need yourself.

 

There will always be times when you might need to adjust to cope with current events, however the danger with short term coping strategies is they often become long term habits, finishing up with some pretty serious health and wellness outcomes. It works against you in two ways:

 

a. you suffer the immediate and long term effects of disrupted sleeping habits, chronic stress, poor nutrition, not enough exercise and more

b. at a much deeper level you are sending a powerful message to your inner-self: “I don’t matter. My well-being is not important”

 

Over time this continual message manifests as despair, depression, poor self-image and Dis-Ease. It serves to undermine every part of your life and will impact your ability to be there for others around you. Here are my five tips for including self-care as an important part of your life:

 

  • Change your thinking; understand that self-care is necessary and important for you and those you care for.

  • Understand self-care is more than getting a massage now and then; it includes mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your life.

  • Know that the self-care is your choice. Resist the urge to blame circumstance, take charge of your own wellbeing.

  • Take the time to review your upcoming week and make sure you include time to organise and implement your self-care strategies.

  • Learn to say no. Taking on too much is a common contributor to stress and health issues, be brave enough to just say no when you need to.

 

By making self-care a priority you are creating a better YOU, capable of better things including contribution to your community and the world. The gift of self-care allows you to offer the very best of yourself rather than offering only what is left.

 

 

It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.   ~ Mandy Hale

 

Sometimes guilt, beliefs and old habits make it hard to accept the gift of self-care.
If this is a problem for you, book a free 15 minute consult to get some perspective.

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