What Is Self-Care?
Self-care is how you take care of yourself and includes routines you follow so that you can be healthy, safe, and complete the tasks you need to and want to accomplish in a day.
It’s such a simple concept to accept who you are and appreciate all that is real about yourself. And yet, it is something that most people struggle with from time to time.
When you take steps toward self-appreciation and self-acceptance, you will find others appreciate you in return. It doesn’t cost anything and is the right thing to do. You are unique, and everyone should celebrate that about themselves and others.
When you are grateful for just being who you are, this element of self-care can open your heart with forgiveness for past mistakes and help you to become grateful for other aspects of your life.
Be grateful for your health, family, friends, and personal capabilities.
An attitude of gratitude will attract others with a similar spirit. By contrast, people who are not grateful often repel others away or surround themselves with those who are similarly averse to gratitude.
Life is short and sometimes painfully so.
During the time you have, why not appreciate what you have? Think of the positives in your life. I celebrate daily that my family loves me and great friends are easily accessible through today’s technology.
My work affords me the ability to enjoy my hobbies — traveling, blogging, writing eBooks, and photography, to name a few.
Self-Care through Travel
The routine of daily living can sometimes hinder your view of self. Travel is a wonderful way to break the routine, meet new people, explore different cultures, and gain a new perspective on what’s right in your life. Whether you travel to a new museum in a nearby town or an expedition thousands of miles from your house, step outside your comfort zone and find the magic of new experiences.
When I decided to take deliberate steps to break my routine, I discovered a true joy in travel writing for magazines, newspapers, and online publications. This is a very enriching hobby, and I’ve even participated in education sessions to pay forward the generosity of my mentors, including this Podcast session on Great Escapes Radio.
Self-Care Means Accepting Imperfections
The flaws in life help us learn and define who we are. You should try to correct any habits or imperfections that are harmful to yourself or others. But you don’t have to change everything about yourself, no matter your current situation, and neither should you want to.
Resist the urge to pretend to be someone you are not. A pretense is difficult to maintain for the long-term. Finding your authentic self is a beautiful treasure in life.
Become childlike and toss away the burdens while discovering interesting new paths for each tomorrow. This is the essence of self-care.
Self-Care Tips for Positivity
As I travel, I create daily affirmations about who I am and how my life has a purpose.
This daily self-care practice breaks through fears and self-doubt and adds to the travel experience’s joy.
The difficulties of navigation from place to place become less of a burden when handled with a graceful spirit and a dose of humor.
Always consider what you are grateful for, especially all the little aspects of your life.
You will win daily success by using your gratefulness as a tool.
Align yourself with people who are grateful for what they have and have a positive attitude. Most importantly, be that cheerful person for those around you.
Irish Blessing for the Traveler
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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