Sep. 21, 2020

Self-Care, Revisited... (Connie J...)

I know this topic seems to come up, a lot; it's only because it is so crucial to your healing process. When you know YOUR value, and take care of yourself on a regular basis, it will naturally trickle down into EVERY aspect of your life.

It affects your relationship with EVERY person you come in contact with - at home, your job, at the grocery store, church - any place you go.

I know when I'm not taking care of myself, even going through the drive-thru becomes a "gripe-fest"!!! I find myself cranky, judgmental, asking questions that have NO affect on me, whatsoever - even wondering why the people ahead didn't just go in, and get their order. Or bagging on the inefficiency of the establishment.

I used to be famous, among my friends, for my "Road Rage"!!! "I pity the fool" that got in my way. Not my proudest moments; but that is for another post. Anyway, when that happens, now, I turn on the radio - sometimes very loud - to distract my focus from what's making me tense (you know that person going the speed-limit in the area I usually push that envelope?). Yeah...

I work in retail, and in normal times, I'm definitely spent, and ready to leave, when it's time to clock out. Figure in this time of Covid, and it multiplies. I've been practicing shifting my focus, humming to myself, even giving other people compliments - as soon as I feel that "cranky" come on. I admit, am not perfect, and some co-workers have taken the hit. As soon as I realize it - I try to go, and apologize.

My relationships are my greatest asset.That is important to remember - especially your relationship with yourself. Remember, "you cannot pour from an empty cup"; and to "always put YOUR oxygen mask on, first".

As I've said before, self-care has as many faces, as there are people on the earth. The point is, that you need to look every day, to see where you can fit yours in - MAKE the time for it, no matter how long. YOU. ARE. WORTHWHILE.

Have a good day, and be safe... #ENDtheSILENCEofVIOLENCE #EtSoV

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