Who takes care of YOU?

Once upon a time, we were told that being selfish was a bad thing. Even the word sounds nasty. Selfish. Like something you spit out of your mouth.

We were told that if we wanted people to think of us as good, that we should put others before ourselves. In some instances, such as when you have enough money to spare change for the poor, this is valuable advice that benefits all of humanity. 

But somewhere along the way we mistook self care for selfish…and we’ve been paying for it ever since.

Self care isn’t “me too” it IS “me first”

Why is it acceptable that the aeroplane safety instructions can tell you to put on your oxygen mask before helping others, but when it comes to your self care it’s “oh no, it’s me too NOT me first.”?!

Because we think saying “me first” is selfish. 

I’m here to tell you, it’s not. 

You have an obligation to yourself, to the body that you call home, to the mind that you nourish and the soul that guides you to treat it with respect. 

Respecting your body means feeding it well, nourishing it, exercising it, taking care of it – GIVING IT A BREAK.

There’s this wonderful quote that I think sums it up perfectly:

“If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.”

I know a lot of mums that treat their body as ordinary, even after the extraordinary process of birth…because they are too busy taking care of a brand new – baby – body. That they shield and protect, in ALL ways. 

But THEIR bodies are deserving of this treatment too. 

Have you been treating your body as if it is common and ordinary? 

Or have you been lovingly polishing it? 

Are you making sure to protect the beauty of the body that is carrying you through this life?

If you answered yes and then no and no, don’t worry. You’re not alone. 

It doesn’t take much to get you back in touch with your body. A safe space, and someone taking care of you *like with a massage, ahem* can help you reconnect & remind you how to take care of yourself.

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