The Declaration of You: Self-Care

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Yesss, I am back! In less then 2 days 😀

A few weeks ago, I talked about one of my fave topics e-vah, and today I am back to talk about it some more:

Self-Care!

Oh, how I love that topic!!

And you know why?

‘Cause it is so crucial to our own happiness and for the happiness of those around us.

I know, I know, first thing that comes to mind when we think of it is:

self-care = selfishness.

Sweets, I pleeease beg of you, please, scratch that out of your mind because it is so not true!
I know it is scary so let’s do it together.

self-care = selfishness

There, done.

…still doesn’t sit right?…

Ok, a quick reminder. You know that analogy about the air masks in airplanes going first to you and second to your children, right? Yeah, so cheesy to mention that here, I know, but it is so true.

Another one: there we are nice and helpful, always jumping in at the first sight of someone – specially family! – in need. We don’t even blink and we show up, we do, we help. All wonderful, but how much can we help when the bag is empty? How much can we give away when there is nothing left? Worse – the bag is not just empty, it is out-of-shape and useless. With some struggle the bag gets a bit of filling again, just a tad. At least it is something, right? Then in a heart beat everything is out, not a drop left, not even to let the bag stand still on its own.

Giving all out means nothing else is left. Giving all out is not sustainable.

No, no, no, peeps we can’t help anyone if we can’t help ourselves first.
The ones that need us most will not be able to count on us.
We will not be giving out the best we can, we will just be giving out what’s left.

Self-care to the rescue!

Ok, does ‘self-care’ sit a bit better now? You see the importance of it and how it is totally not related to selfishness, right?
Great!

And how do we do that thing, then?

No need to drop everything, every commitment and leave all family members behind to jump into a plane to a remote tropical island, kick your feet up and lounge for a week in a hammock while sipping pineapple juice. (That would be nice thou! :D)

Baby-steps sweetie, baby-steps will do it. Baby-steps may not be as theatrical as the remote island escapade but it is certainly more sustainable and doable.

Find little things that light you up. Schedule them. Do them. Let them sink in. Feel the self-care taking over and becoming a regular practice in your life. Notice how much you can accomplish by nurturing yourself. See the transformation. YOUR transformation and of those around you.

Self-care will become regular in your daily life once you realize it is an important part in supporting your loved ones.

Yes, you will ‘wow’ yourself with the power of self-care. You may even get a whole mattress replacement in a fancy hotel! 😀

My baby-steps?
I had and still have many, from 2 mins. walk in the grass, in the parking lot on my way out of work, to buying all sorts of colorful stickers and making a Filofax-planner party over the weekend till having a chai latte in a coffee shop and just sit to people-watch. All them easy and doable.

If you are a regular reader of my blog you probably had seen the Self-Care List up for grabs. If not, grab it now {you can read the post about it here} or the PDF file right below:

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Then, get your hands on this book:

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Written by Jessica Swift & Michele Ward and published by North Light Craft Books, here is straight from their website what the book is all about:

“Through a series of creative, colorful exercises–questions to get the wheels turning and an encouraging kick in the pants–readers of The Declaration of You will get all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do!”

And look at the lovely contributors of this book:

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Do ya recognize the faces? 😉

Head over to your closest Barnes & Nobles or grab a copy of this amazing book at thedeclarationofyou.com.

Let’s get started!

What will be your self-care baby-steps for this week, sweets? Share them below and let’s chat about it!

Smooches,
Raine.

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    I love how you knocked selfishness out of the park. 🙂 And pointed out that giving out all the time will only leave us running on empty. We need to top up our energy a little bit every day.

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      So true Kerryn! It is a constant reminder to replenish to be able to give away! So worth it 🙂

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    Hi, can we get links to the names for newbies like me? Please- the only person I know is the awesome Leonie! (Which is how I found you- thorough her!)

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      Hi Kazzlyn, I don’t really have a list but you can put their names into the google bar and find it easily. I know some of them have their name as the website like daniellelaporte.com and susannahconway.com. Hope this helps 😉

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