Self-care is critical for every person to incorporate into their lives, especially moms. In order to give the most of yourself, you have to pour from a full cup because if you aren't and your cup is empty, well, you become a Sanderson Sister (which in all honestly, I love those ladies so it wouldn't be horrible) but you can't pour from an empty cup and the only way to fill it is with some self-care. Or is it.....is there another component that we don't hear of often? What about self-love?
In all the therapy I have done, self-care has always been a recommended top priority and I whole heartedly agree. I should also stress that self-care is not selfish, ever, it's just not. Over the years I have been better about self-care. My self-care looks very different than your self-care and that's okay. My self-care involves taking care of my finances, enjoying warm beverages from my favourite local coffee shop, going to book club, reading books, going for a massage, going for a run, being by water, hiking, eating from my favourite restaurants, organizing, browsing book stores and my self-care methods are always changing based upon what my soul needs. Self-care is more about doing whatever refreshes that soul of yours and it will always look different for everyone so leave the judgment aside.
If you've followed this blog for awhile, you know I always talk about self-care because I know how important it is. The truth is, I need to talk about self-love because that is just as, if not, even more important. Why have I not mentioned it until this point? It's something I have struggled hard with, a feeling I'm sure many of you can relate too.
It hasn't been mentioned to me in my healing much, a brief nod here or there but for the most part it's been about self-care. Self-love comes from a deeper understanding and perhaps that's why it's been so hard for me.
I went to have a reiki treatment done last week. The lady I saw also happens to be a shamanic practitioner. In her discussion, in the messages she was receiving was self-love (trust was in there as well but I think that goes hand in hand with self-love). I'm at a point in my life where I feel stuck and I was told that I'm also at a point in which I need to practice self-love. To fill everyday with love, mostly for myself. Once I love myself, that love can spread far and wide. That love will attract other love. It all sounded so wonderful to me but the thing is, I had no clue and still have no clue how to incorporate self-love into my care.
So I did what I do best, I Googled. I'm not at the point of fully understanding what it is or how it looks for me but I wanted to share some of the articles I found discussing self-love versus self-care. I'm not an expert in every area and this is one I'm new at so I can't write what I know but I can share what I have found and what I'm exploring.
This is a journey you can all take with me. Let's read these articles and then practice what they preach. We all need more self-love in our life and these articles will give you some guidance if you feel as lost as me. My hope is that I learn and incorporate these into my life and in the future, I can write my own blog post with my knowledge of the difference between self-care and self-love and how you can add more self-love into your daily living. For now, I'll let these other ladies teach us what we need to know.
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