How do you define self-care?
Is self-care a dirty word? Growing up, I was told to care for my siblings, my mother, then my husband and children. Being a caretaker, it was effortless to love on those around me. Fast forward to 20 years later….exhausted on every level. The well was dry. I had to learn to to make myself a priority.
This was counter-intuitive. My head was willed with messages on why this was not okay. So many people are struggling and I am being selfish by not running to their rescue. I had to redefine self-care to fit. In my value system. Running on empty did not serve myself or family. It made me tired, hungry, moody and quite frankly resentful that no one noticed. I made a choice. That I would fill my well, energize my battery first. It changed my life in the most wonderful way. I became happier, centered, calmer, thinner, playful and felt joy. I was still able to love on my family but I determined the criteria. I communicated my love to those around me and openly stated my new definition of self-care. It was a turning point in my life. I invite you to commit to making you a priority. Read this series, follow my tweets and take a step toward a healthier you from the inside out.
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