Self-care means to protect your own well-being and health, both mental and physical. Self-care is especially important in times of stress. What form effective self-care takes depends on the individual.
We need to start treating ourselves how we deserve to be treated, even if you feel that no one else does. Prove to the world you ARE worth something by treating yourself with the utmost respect and hope that other people will follow your example. And even if they don’t, at least one person in the world is treating you well: YOU.
When you learn to say yes to yourself, you will be able to say no to others, with love.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
When we self-regulate well, we are better able to control the trajectory of our emotional lives and resulting actions based on our values and sense of purpose.
If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.
It is not alone the fact that women have generally had to spend most of their strength in caring for others that has handicapped them in individual effort; but also that they have almost universally had to care wholly for themselves.
Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you …
While fixing and saving and trying to rescue is futile, radical self-care is quantum, and it radiates out from you into the atmosphere like a little fresh air.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders; shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still.
People will never fight for your freedom if you have not given evidence that you are prepared to fight for it yourself.
Living as we do in a white-supremacist capitalist and patriarchal context that can best exploit us when we lack a firm grounding in self and identity, choosing “wellness” is an act of political resistance.
Selfish is caring for ourselves at others’ expense. Self-care is taking care of ourselves so that we can be there for others.
It is rather paradoxical for our task-focused self when it isn’t the quality of the practice, but our honest and humble acceptance of the emerging moment, that prepares us for nonjudgemental, agendaless presence with another. Being kind to ourselves can be helpful as we seek to practice this way of being, because it places us at cross-purposes with our culture, where performance and improvement are so valued and the limits and variability of our humanness are cause for criticism and correction.
There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.
I lied and said I was busy.
I was busy;
but not in a way most people understand.
I was busy taking deeper breaths.
I was busy silencing irrational thoughts.
I was busy calming a racing heart.
I was busy telling myself I am okay.
Sometimes, this is my busy –
and I will not apologize for it.
A dishonest yes is a no to yourself.
If you want to live an authentic, meaningful life, you need to master the art of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting feelings, and living with the reality that some people just won’t like you. It may not be easy, but it’s essential if you want your life to reflect your deepest desires, values, and needs.
To practice Extreme Self-Care, you must learn to love yourself unconditionally, accept your imperfections, and embrace your vulnerabilities.
The Universe will never require you to set yourself on fire to provide heat for others.
Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.
Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world.
To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.
My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if they’re rich and important.
Self-care has become a new priority – the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.
Honoring your own boundaries is the clearest message to others to honor them, too.
Although the connections are not always obvious, personal change is inseparable from social and political change.