SELF CARE

“Self-care means considering yourself a worthwhile person and presenting yourself as valuable, capable, and deserving. In other words, self-care seeks to redress an imbalance that develops when you don’t take proper care of yourself, whether by inattention or by choice.”

-Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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When we spend our time and energy caring for others, whether personally or professionally, we can experience feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion, and frustration. Making time for ourselves can feel like a luxury that we can't afford, even when we know that continuing to tread water isn't sustainable long term. I help individuals develop realistic and impactful self-care plans to support holistic well-being, so they can continue supporting those they care for, without compromising themselves.

I can help you begin to identify the situations, relationships, and mindsets that are weighing you down and depleting your energy so we can then explore deeply what you feel needs to change to work towards a better balance. This usually involves creating new boundaries around certain things or people in your life while simultaneously being more intentional about doing what is important to your personal well-being. Self care is about ensuring that you have the things that you need as a person so you are better able to choose how you share your energy with others. This is not selfishness, it's survival.

 

Self care is not all bubble baths and retail therapy, its more about things like being sure your bills are paid on time, ensuring there is food in your fridge (and that you are eating it in ways that feel nourishing to your body), limiting unhealthy relationships, feeling connected to meaningful things and people in your life, and engaging in routines needed to maintain your physical health (going to well-checks, taking medications, getting enough sleep, etc).

 

I often have clients begin this process by completing a simple Self-Care Assessment that helps them more honestly look at different aspects of their life and reflect on how they want things to be different moving forward. Please feel free to complete it for yourself and see how it might guide you towards seeking a more balanced life.

“If you want to live an authentic, meaningful life, you need to master the art of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting feelings, and living with the reality that some people just won’t like you. It may not be easy, but it’s essential if you want your life to reflect your deepest desires, values, and needs.”

 

-Cheryl Richardson