I know that the words, “self-care,” have been around for a bit but I only recently (in the last 6 months) started using it myself. I guess it crossed over into the mainstream a couple of years ago. Starting this blog site and being on social media almost full time has exposed me to what the latest, most popular lingos are.
Self-care is a good one. Basically, it means taking care of oneself….physically, mentally and emotionally. I think it’s key to a good relationship with oneself and others. It is not something that we force ourselves to do, but it can help to bring balance to one’s life.
In the last few years, I have been trying to work on self-care and bring balance in my life. I’m back to my weekly yoga classes and making better choices for meals. Now I just need to add a little cardio to the mix. I even consider the making of this blog site to be a way of feeding my soul. My creative side has finally found a way to come out. I haven’t seen that side of me in a long time. This process of creation has been amazing to me. I can’t wait to see how all of this evolves and how my life will change. I’ve always embraced change in my life, especially for the positive, and this has definitely been for the positive.
As you probably already know, I love affirmations, poems, and quotes. Here’s something from one of my favorite people that have always made an impact on me.
“I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself. If I do that well enough, then I can look after someone else, but I have to look at myself first. I know some people think that is being selfish…I think this is being self-full.”
— Maya Angelou
It’s taken a while to figure this out, but whenever something negative (whatever it may be) happens in my life, I look at myself first to see if I could have done something differently. Something that could have changed the outcome of whatever I was going through. You are the common denominator in your life. A lesson learned (I hope).