Welcome to my self-compassion series prompted and inspired by this free e-course! For the rest of the month, I will do my best to open my heart center to breathe in compassion for myself and others.
Day 20 reminds us to put on our oxygen mask before helping others. It’s a magical task of awakening and you shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to love yourself.
What would happen if you made your own well-being priority number one?
I would not be here writing this post! Meditation, yoga, exercise or shopping for fruits and veggies would be more like it. So, what’s holding me back from doing awesome acts of self-love?
Laziness and fear are two main reasons. Both being self-imposed and constricting to my well-being. (Doesn’t help when you live with people that flaunt the seven deadly sins!) There are so many tips, talks, professionals, experts and information about well-being that I become fearful as to who I should trust and believe. I was given some Dasani water last night and I remembered reading somewhere that Dasani is bad for you because of the salt. So, with all the conjecture and competition out there my mask wearing is going to have to be an imperfect and potentially ugly approach to self-love through trial and error.
Many love to blame money too, but I can’t say it’s solely because of that and I am not one to pin the blame so ignorantly. With the Internet, I can do lots of things inexpensively, but being home-bound does have an effect on my health. Dehydration, headaches and losing track of time to eat are the main downfalls in my current lifestyle. Honestly, I have new avenues opening up to alleviate this inertia, so the last thing I need to do is to worry.
Worrying over perfecting your self-care mask is fruitless. It’s like being in quicksand and the more you struggle in that then the quicker you are consumed by more stress and fear. The greatest thing to remember in times of fright is to genuinely stay calm for the sake of your own self. I can endure this negative environment because resiliency is natural to me. Meditating regularly helps keep my body and mind from spinning out of control and I am starting to feel confident that I prefer fruits and veggies to starches.
I feel pretty.