Welcome back empowered readers,
For this weeks empowered journal I wanted to discuss the notion of self-care. My understandings of self-care aligns with the notion of prevention and I promote this in my practice with my clients. This is because prevention is an action that stops something from happening, for example, with self-care we try to prevent sickness, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. But with our hustle and bustle society that can send the wrong message, like “working harder is better”, we tend to put our own health on the back burner to “get ahead”. It is within this very notion that by not taking the time to nourish ourselves, we can burnout.
Within our journeys throughout life there are experiences of endless supply of energy, joy, peace, bliss and love that is offered to us within this world. Yet sometimes we may experience limitation instead of endless supply. These limits can be a hidden blessing that our mind and emotional life could use some help shifting from infrequent consciousness into consciousness of prosperity. As we do this we tend to relax and flow more easily, tapping into what is needed rather than perceiving restriction. A limit or block in our flow might be telling us that our nervous system needs some time to adapt. A limit or restriction in our energy might indicate that we have been so focused on giving to others that we have forgotten the need to gain balance in our lives by taking time out and attention for ourselves.
When you find yourself within these limitations, I ask that you listen to yourself and your needs:
Even just becoming aware of what feels good for you at any given time is a way to balance your “wheel” to help nourish and replenish. Taking a few moments to consider what you need strengthens your self-awareness and increases your ability to consciously meet your needs. It is good self-care that prevents burning out and to continuously give your best.
To your empowered living,
Turn your wounds into wisdom – Oprah Winfrey