Why is it that we find taking care of ourselves so challenging ? Why is it that we take care of everyone in our lives happily, attending to their every need, yet when it comes to us, we simply freeze? It’s too indulgent? There is not enough time? I don’t have enough money? I don’t really deserve it? What a waste of time.. And so the excuses pour out of us before we have the chance to squeak “What about ME“?
We are hearing a lot more about self -care and self love at the moment. They seem to be real buzz words at the moment. But what exactly IS self- care? And why is it so important?
Self care ranges from eating food that is nurturing, to moving your body in a way that feels good, to self rewarding and listening to your own NEEDS. It is about looking after yourself in a way you would a small child.
Imagine you have a kid, if you don’t already have one. You nurture them. You like to try to feed them food which will keep them healthy. You use kind words to them. You give them love and nurturing. You comfort them when they are sad and you praise them when they have done well at something. These are all pretty natural responses. Did you know WE ALLL have an inner child in us, craving all of that love and attention? Yet we tend to brush ourselves off and ignore many of our even most basic needs.