How to Take Care of Yourself…
The Art of Self Care
Natural Health Magazine |
Give yourself the love you deserve to achieve the life of your dreams says top author and life coach Cheryl Richardson
Over the years I’ve repeatedly had to defend the concept of making self-care a priority. Now I welcome the opportunity, and here’s why: the practice of extreme self-care forces us to make choices and decisions that honour and reflect the true nature of our soul.
While the whole notion of this might seem selfish or self-centered, doing so actually allows us to make our greatest contribution to the world. The choice to live a life that reflects the tenets of extreme self-care is critical if we want to make a difference in the world… and most people I know do.
From years of personal experience, as well as from the work I’ve done coaching many caring and hardworking men and women, I’ve learned that when we care for ourselves deeply and deliberately, we naturally begin to care for others – our families, our friends, and the world – in a healthier and more effective way. We become conscious and conscientious people. We tell the truth. We make choices from a place of love and compassion instead of guilt and obligation. And we finally begin to understand, on a visceral level, that we’re all connected, and that our individual actions affect the greater whole in a more profound way than we could ever have imagined.
I’ve come to learn that overgiving is often a sign of deprivation – a signal that a need isn’t being met, an emotion isn’t being expressed, or a void isn’t getting filled. For example, while you might dedicate hours to coordinating the family’s social calendar, you may be yearning for deeper and more meaningful connections, stimulating conversation, or greater intimacy with yourself.
You might be available and generous with others because on some level you have an unconscious desire to get what you give, whether it’s acknowledgment, affection, recognition, or support.
Becoming aware of how and why you feel deprived can be a key to recognising what needs to shift emotionally and physically to achieve extreme self-care. In what ways are you starving yourself of what you need to live a rich and fulfilling life?
Since awareness itself inspires change, I’d like to challenge you to READ MORE: http://www.naturalhealthmagazine.co.uk/post/the-art-of-self-care