Resisting and ignoring your own feelings and emotions does not serve you. It leads to stress, illness, confusion, broken relationships, fits of anger and bouts of deep, dark depression. Anyone who’s experienced any of the above knows that these states of mind are horrifically unhealthy… and when you’re in the habit of self-neglect, it’s nearly impossible to escape.
Refuse to ignore your inner siren any longer. Refuse to neglect yourself. Choose to take up lot of space in your own life. Choose to give yourself permission to meet your own needs. Choose to honor your feelings and emotions. Choose to make self-care a top priority.
Here are a few simple ways to choose yourself today:
Give yourself a break when you need one. – Show yourself some love by realizing that you can’t do everything for everybody in every situation. Do what you can, and do it with a joyful heart. Then breathe and give yourself space to recover. Refill your bucket on a regular basis. That means catching your breath, finding quiet solitude, focusing your attention inward, making time for fun and laughter, eating healthy enough to maintain peak energy levels, and otherwise making time for recovery from the pressures of life.
Listen to your intuition and be honest with yourself about everything. – We cannot speak with integrity about a lifestyle we are not living. We don’t need more dazzling storytellers – we need more genuine ones. Listen to that inner voice. Confidence comes from knowing that what you’re doing is right, and that what you’re doing is right for you too. Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside to everybody else.
Work on things that make you happy. – There’s a big difference between empty fatigue and gratifying exhaustion. Life is too short. Invest in the activities (and relationships) you deeply care about. In the end, a good life is about making a good decision to do something every day that moves you. Care for yourself by doing things you care about! It’s a matter of realizing that there’s nothing selfish about self-care. Because we can’t give what we don’t have. You have to experience life on your terms before you can be truly life-giving to others. Build positive daily rituals that support your happiness.
The bottom line is: People will come and go. Events will come and go. Day and night will come and go. But a sincere respect for yourself will always remain with you, if you nurture it.
Put more these things on your to-do list today:
Spend time doing things that help you love yourself more.
Spend time thinking about things that help you love yourself more.
Spend time with people who help you love yourself more.