This question triggered something in me. What HAVE I done to nurture myself lately? Why is it that I always put others before myself, even when it comes to my own health? Why do I feel guilt when I try to change that? Somehow, over the years, I have come to think of nurturing myself being equivalent to indulging myself. Is it from working so much? Perhaps. Is it from the patterns of my parents passed down to me? Perhaps. So what am I going to do to change this?
In my analytical mind, I analyze first. I know that "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", so why do I feel that I need to work to the point that I forget to nurture myself? As an energy worker, I know what this does to the spirit, I counsel clients about it all the time, so why don't I practice what I preach? Growing up, my parents were always working. The only vacations we ever went on were to see my grandparents in another state , and
when we moved to that state, there was no family vacation at all. Don't get me wrong, I do not see this as deprivation by any means, but I know for sure this had to affect my work ethic as an adult. Even my hair and nail appointments have turned into bartering sessions so that I don't feel guilt about spending money to take care of myself. So again, what am I going to do to change this?
First of all, I am going to schedule a time (ha! SCHEDULE) once a month for just a "me" day to do whatever I want. If girlfriends want to come, even better. It can be a movie, a lunch, a massage, but it is just going to be me and no guilt. Secondly, I am taking back my hair and nail appointments as "me" time. I will still barter (I am not seeking nurturing THAT badly!), but I will read them after my appointments, not before or during. Lastly, I am going to look at those Groupon/Living Social getaway specials a little more closely and start buying the most affordable ones that I know my family will enjoy and start going on those little getaways (on my days off of course).
Nurturing yourself is important, and I had forgotten that. Life is an adventure, it truly is, and I am going to start making it more so. Thank you, Stefanie, for reminding me of such! Now for you, Dear Reader, I pose the
same question to you :
What have you done to nurture yourself
Blessings and Love,