Friday, October 16, 2015

self-care

Thought for the day:
In a society that equates our value with what we produce, what we earn, and how hard we work, acts of self-care can feel radical. They can feel indulgent. They can feel selfish.
But.
What if we reframed acts of self-care to include this idea: there's a reason the flight attendant insists we put on our own oxygen masks before we try and help the people around us. We cannot fully and joyfully serve those we love and care for (much less perform our jobs in any satisfying way) unless we are functioning at full capacity and tuned in to ourselves. This necessarily includes addressing our own emotional, physical, and spiritual needs with the same urgency with which we attend to the needs of those whom we serve.
In short, I advise you to take care of yourself first and fully, so that you can take better care of others. Self-care is courageous and necessary.

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