10 Steps to Self Care
Whole being health means learning to pay attention to both your physical care and your emotional care.
So much of our time in each day is devoted to an outward flow of mental and physical energy: problem solving, trouble shooting, meeting deadlines, accomplishing physical tasks, managing people, taking care of others.
It’s important to take time in each day to focus inward and find moments that nourish, restore and replenish your stores of physical and emotional energy.
Most of us have a pretty good sense of what physical self care is because we’ve been taught since birth to brush our hair and teeth, to take a shower, to exercise, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy. We have an array of daily skills and rituals to maintain our physical selves.
But most of us haven’t received the same training for emotional self care. We have little to no knowledge of what emotional self care looks like or how it should feel.
Following are some tools to put in your emotional self care toolbox. Receive the ones that speak to you, and put them away to use as needed.
1. If it feels wrong, don’t do it.
2. Say “exactly” what you mean.
3. Stay away from drama and negativity – as much as possible.
4. Trust your instincts.
5. Never speak badly about yourself.
6. Don’t be a people pleaser.
7. Resist the need to always have control.
8. Never give up on your dreams.
9. Don’t be afraid to say “no”.
10. Don’t be afraid to say “yes”.