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Taking care of yourself.... what does that mean?
February 22, 2006
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I hear people talk about "taking care of yourself" and to me that has always meant the basic things. Eating right, exercise, not smoking, etc. How does one "take care?"

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February 22, 2006
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For me, taking care of myself is about spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual care.

February 22, 2006
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taking care of me to me means listening to my inner child, acknowledging her and validating her feelings and desires, giving her lots of attention.

It means taking care of my emotional needs as well as my physical needs.

Calling my best friend when I am feeling low.

A good one for me is taking the time to go to the bathroom before I leave work or where ever I am rather than making myself wait until I get home.

This is a part of not letting my inner child suffer and taking the time to met her needs.

For me its really a way of daily life. It also includes speaking my truth and standing up for myself.

Another good one for me is not doing anything I do not want to do just to try to please someone or out of fear that they will go away if I say "no".

February 22, 2006
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Learning to put yourself and your needs 1st...Angel1

February 22, 2006
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Learning to not feel guilty for saying no. Saying NO is so hard for me. Listening to your inner voice that tells you what you need. These are so hard to do. Thinking you matter. Your needs are just as important as someone elses.

February 22, 2006
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To me taking care of myself means having a relationship with my HP, pleasing Him.

It also means loving people without becoming a doormat.

It also means loving myself coz I know I am unique and special just like any body else.

It also means pampering myself without feeling guilty or fearful. It means having fun and fearing that it's sinful, being childlike not childish.

It means take the time to smell the roses. It means not to be afraid to take risks, talk to a new person you come across, who knows you might turn to be each other's best friends.

The list goes on and on.....

~Ras~

February 22, 2006
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Making sure I can face another day with a positive outlook.

Lt4Others

February 23, 2006
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I agree with all these different ways to take care of yourself. If you aren't used to putting yourself first, I learned that it is good to set goals and make little lists. I started "taking care" this week, more than ever, and I started by making a list of goals for the week, and then goals I'd like to fulfill each day. It's worked so far! Hopefully it will become 2nd nature, and I wont need the lists!

Make sure YOUR happy! 🙂

February 23, 2006
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I am working on this myself. I think all of the above ways are all great. I am trying to treat myself, Like I would treat other people. Wow what a concept. I am really good at being good to everyone, but me.

Even buying myself something like a pair of shoes has made me feel guilty. WHy, my husband spends hundreds of dollars a month on alcohol? But I have been doing many things....buying myself little things that don't cost much. Focusing on what things I really need to. My credit, my job, excersizing, spending time with friends, being with my kids, praying, journaling, making the changes in myself instead of seeing what everyone else needs to change.

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