How to Nurture Yourself

I recently came across an article (can't remember where or I would post it), that pointed out how lucky humans are right now in this century because we can look beyond only our physical needs. We wake up in the morning and actually think about how we are feeling or what we want to do to be happy. While years ago and not that long ago, people could only concern themselves with the basics like food, clothing, and shelter.

We are living in a time that we actually know that those basic needs can be met rather easily. We have the time and resources to participate in hobbies, going out with friends, and taking vacations. We are lucky for sure!

Physical needs are simple to diagnose. If you are sick, take medicine. If you cut your finger, put on a bandaid. Emotional needs are a little different and some of us, neglect those needs altogether.

Nurture means the care and attention given to someone or something that is growing or developing, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. It may be easy to care for a friend when they need extra attention, but what about ourselves?

When our emotions are a little gloomy, we need to be sure to give ourselves the same kind of care that we would if we had a physical injury. No one teaches us how to do this, but emotional well-being is just as important as physical well-being.

I love lists, so of course, make a list of things that you can do for yourself that make you feel better. Keep this list in your nightstand or someplace private. My list includes things like, watch a movie, take a bubble bath, (watch a movie while taking a bubble bath), have a special dinner, invite a friend over, go for a walk, etc.

Make sure the things you put on your list are good for you. Eating a chocolate cake might feel good while it is going down, but not so much later on.

The next time you are just feeling down, pick something on your list and do it. Forget the dishes or whatever else, and take care of you!!

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