I just contributed to a column on How to Practice Self Love. Over 50 therapists added their ideas. Here's my take on it...find the full article at this link: Observing Your Thoughts without Judgment.
When we're busy caring for others, we can neglect our own needs. This leads to burnout, resentment, and overwhelm. By elevating self-care from a luxury to a necessity, we practice self-love and are able to refill our own supplies of energy, joy, and motivation.
I recently contributed to a personal development blog on this very subject. Scroll down to entry #6 at the link below to see my tips for showing yourself the love you deserve.
How to Love Yourself
What are some of the things you do to prioritize your needs?
Today's the first day of spring. What a wonderful opportunity to take pause and consider the changing of the seasons. It's a time that signifies rebirth and renewal.
We can get so caught up in everyday details, rushing from task to task, appointment to appointment. Why not take a moment to slow down and set an intention for the new season? Setting an intention doesn't need to mean making a resolution for a specific accomplishment, although it can if that's meaningful to you. I'm looking at it more from a mindset perspective; setting an intention in more psychological terms. One thing I'd like to remember is to bring my restless mind back to the present moment and drink in life as it's unfolding.
What's an intention you'd like to set? I'd love to hear your ideas.
Marnee Reiley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with couples and individuals in Irvine, Orange County, California.