A good few years ago my health was in a bad way and I was not taking good care of myself. I would be rushing around taking care of everyone else and in the background my own physical health is fading away. It wasn't until my body started to give me some serious warning signs that I started to pay attention. Now an important part of my well-being routine is to take care of me. I now fully understand the meaning of "you can't pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first" I used to believe that it was selfish to look after myself but now I realise that it is selfish not too. When I'm feeling calm, healthy and well I am in a much better position to be there for those that I love. I am calmer, my sense of humour is better and I'm generally a nicer person to be around. Putting myself on top of my list is one of the kindest things I can do for the people in my life that I love. Now I take regular opportunities to "Fill up my cup" which means I have plenty left over to pour to other people.
Recently whilst on holiday in Portugal I found this lovely tent on the beach and a sweet Thai lady inside offering massages. I decided to treat myself to a couple of her messages whilst on holiday and I can't tell you how wonderful i felt afterwards. Finding ways to nourish and take care of ourselves is part of a "well-being routine" that brings an enormous amount of quality to our lives. Where can you start to fill up your own cup?
Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.
Life Coach Southampton