So many women have been raised with an attitude of “interior violence” toward themselves. In this gift of succinct wisdom Ardine Martinelli helps us examine how we do and don’t care for ourselves. You will discover more inspiration and practical guide posts on her blog, listeningtomylife.blog
Self-care is not self-indulgence. Self-care is self-respect.
It is often difficult to find time for ourselves with the pace of today’s world. We are pulled in so many directions–family, work, community–that we often put ourselves and our needs last. Self-care is crucial. We can’t take care of others with depleted internal resources.
What does self-care look like? I’ve come to believe there are different ways we practice self-care. The first is physical self-care. Eating healthy foods, exercising, if possible getting massages, yoga, using alternative health care options. All these are ways we find to stay healthy, to relax, to take care of our wonderful bodies. With healthy bodies we have much more energy to care for others.
There is another kind of self-care–emotional self-care. I talk to many people who take good physical care of themselves yet don’t think about what they say to themselves on a…
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