I believe in self-care


One. Life is a lot less painful when you aren't inflicting pain on yourself.
Two. And a lot less scary when you can count on yourself.

This is why I believe in being good to myself, in looking out for myself. Why I feed myself when I'm hungry, no matter what. Why I stop myself from pinching my stomach or yelling at myself in my head when I don't think I look good. Why I try to encourage and soothe myself instead of beating myself up. Why I work to keep my life in order. Why I have to forgive myself and keep myself safe.

There is a therapist's trick to test how you deal with yourself. You ask yourself:

Would I treat a child the way I am treating myself right now? Would I feel okay subjecting a child to the way I talk to myself? What about my best friend? Would I tolerate this kind of treatment from another person?

When the answer is no, something needs to change.

7 comments:

Danielle 12/30/2010 10:27 PM  

like.

Sarah Louise 12/31/2010 4:30 AM  

those are really good thoughts.

Holly 1/01/2011 1:34 PM  

Sarah Louise - what is therapy for, if not yoinking blog post topics? hehe.

Erin 1/02/2011 12:11 PM  

oh, that is a good way to look at things. and the picture accompanying this post is perfect.

Holly 1/02/2011 2:21 PM  

Erin - I have stuck her (third-grade me) on my magnet board above my desk as a reminder.

sui 1/07/2011 5:08 PM  

I love this post.

Dawn 2/02/2011 10:19 PM  

oh so very true, dear one!

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