In case you haven’t noticed or aren’t following this blog, it is a lot about self care. It’s something I learned later in life that I wish I knew about sooner. So now I’m passionate about helping others to learn about it. Self care is not selfish. Self care is important and necessary for your sanity and well being!
Today I’d like to talk about respecting self care.
I said it before and I’ll say it again, self care is not a trend. People are realizing the importance of self love and self care and are making themselves a priority which is absolutely wonderful. There’s a wave of self care happening all over the place. I love it.
One of the ways we can encourage self care for others is to respect their self care decisons.
By that I mean, it should be OK for someone to be able to say no to a party without having to give us a reason.
It should be OK for others to cancel plans on occasion because they need to stay in their pajamas that day.
We shouldn’t demand or even expect a reason if someone needs to leave early, isn’t up to taking a phone call or even if they need to spend time away from family and friends for a while.
I keep seeing the following quote in one way or another on different social media platforms.
I just want to give a gentle reminder that someone is on the other end of those canceled plans. Maybe it will be you or me.
We should practice our own self care and be respectful and even encouraging of others who are practicing their self care too.
Obviously, no one should be using self care as an excuse to be impolite. But oftentimes the people that need self care the most have a hard time saying no to people or canceling plans. Trust me when I say, they feel bad enough saying no without someone making them feel guilty and worse over it.
So let’s encourage each other to do whatever we need to do to take care of ourselves!
It can be difficult to say no but can also be difficult to receive “no” as a response. Let’s be gentle with each other.
We all need mental health days to care for ourselves. It’s hard work being human!
When people care for themselves they are better to be around. When they shine their light it is easier for all to see.
How are you shining your light today?
Are you remembering to practice self care during this busy holiday season?
May you be happy and well!
PS. Here’s a great post about saying no when you don’t really know what to say. How to say no