Do you have a rescuing or nurturing personality?
If you do, some of your greatest strengths will be your generosity, warmth and compassion for others.On the flip side, you will typically find it difficult to bestow kindness, generosity and love upon yourself.
In order to serve the people in your life consistently, while staying in good health it’s essential that you begin to nurture and perhaps even rescue yourself!
Although this is challenging, the great thing about this is that you already have the skills. Not only do you have them you’re an expert!
Turning the spotlight for your care off of others and on to yourself won’t be easy, but it’s well worth it and everybody will win. Putting yourself first is a selfless act because when you give yourself the love and attention you need to feel energetic, open-hearted and willing, others always benefit greatly.
Everyone in your life ends up getting so much more by coming 2nd, 3rd and 4th for example, than when they came first. You will be more engaged, smile more easily and will be a joy to be around. The amount of care, time and attention you’ll have for others will increase exponentially.
Being good to yourself in terms of gentle and positive self-talk is a great place to start. Learning to say no when you don’t have it to give and saying yes when you could use a break is paramount. Taking the time to get enough rest and eat healthy, high energy foods is important too.
Bringing balance into your life by engaging in activities that are fun, relaxing and/or creative on a regular basis is another essential aspect of nurturing yourself.
Ideally, being good to yourself will take place in every moment or at least daily, but any increase (even once a month!) in making yourself a priority will benefit you.
When life becomes stressful it can be difficult to remember the things you like to do that keep you balanced. To remedy this, you might find it helpful to create and keep a list on hand to remind yourself of fun and creative things you enjoy doing.
Since everyone is different your list should only include those things that YOU love to do.
Some ideas to get you started… watching movie, going to the gym, having a bubble bath, going to the driving range, getting a manicure, going for a walk, calling a friend, dancing, going to a live performance, singing, woodworking, playing an instrument, knitting, starting your own business, painting, sketching, writing poetry, song writing, fishing, doing a puzzle, going swimming, baking, cooking a new dish, going for a drive in the country, reading a book, having a glass of wine, drinking a cup of tea, learning astrology or numerology, updating your wardrobe, planting a garden, experimenting with makeup, seeing a play, doing yoga, meditating, journaling, sewing, going horseback riding, scuba diving, surfing, riding a bike, visiting the zoo, spending time at an amusement park, swinging at the park, skiing, snowboarding, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, scrapbooking, photography, volunteering and doing random acts of kindness.
What can you do to take better care of yourself and have fun doing it?