Transformative Power of Self-Love
It wasn't until I faced a profound trauma in my life, one that led to hospitalization and a year on disability, that I truly grasped the concept of self-love. A culmination of minor traumas had paved the way for this significant moment, a turning point that altered the trajectory of my entire existence. During my recovery, I learned that my previous notion of self-care was limited to superficial routines – a haircut, painted nails, shopping for a new outfit, or taking a vacation.
Nurturing the Soul with Genuine Care
Little did I know that these practices merely scratched the surface, serving as maintenance rather than genuine acts of self-care. It was only during my darkest days that I embarked on a transformative journey. This journey not only revealed the true meaning of self-love but also illuminated why self-care is not a mere option but a fundamental duty to oneself and those we cherish. After all, if we don't take care of ourselves, how can we care for others (total mom talk right there, but oh so true.)
The Role of Self-Compassion in Healing
I have come to realize that self care is the art of being attuned to one's own needs. It entails moments of self-compassion and understanding, allowing oneself to process significant emotions and feelings. It can be a material item of course - I mean no one can deny the serious high we get from retail therapy.
Making Intentional Choices for Well-beingGenuine self-care involves surrounding oneself with individuals who uplift and support, while decisively distancing from those who do not. It's taking a sick day because we need a day to sleep and journal for our mental health, or waking up 30 minutes early because we know our morning meditation sets you up for a winning day. The shift in mindset did wonders for me.
The act of self-love, I've come to understand, is not a sporadic indulgence but an ongoing journey marked by intentional choices. It's a commitment to nurturing our soul's desire to live the best life possible. Taking care of oneself is not an act of selfishness; rather, it is a profound affirmation of our own importance.