In the last post, we discussed Honesty as the #1 tool for mastering your health resolutions. In this post, we will discuss the #2 tool, self-respect.
There is only one you, and only you can take care of yourself.
Many people don’t realize it, but we are very important people. We are parents, partners, sons or daughters, brothers or sisters, nieces or nephews, employees, bosses, consumers. Every day, we interact with others in a variety of ways.
What we don’t give enough credit to is how much our interaction with others matters. Have you ever had a smile from a stranger change your day? I have! And if a positive behavior from someone else can make my day, can’t a positive behavior from me make someone else’s day?
With a power that great, surely we all need to be respected and cared for! However, many people put themselves last. In the scheme of the day, picking up the dry cleaning may actually be accomplished instead of self care. Wow! How disrespectful!
Even if you can only take half an hour a day (even if it is broken up in to 10 minute blocks!), ask yourself, “What do I need to do to take care of me?” Whether it’s exercise, relaxation, reading, playing with your kids or fur babies, or even completing a project that you’ve been working on for a while, whatever you choose will be the right answer.
The trick is that it all needs to be a mix. Yes, you need to exercise. Yes, you need to eat well. Yes, you need to relax. Yes, you need to play. All of these are important and will help you feel like you’re leading a balanced life. If you neglect one or more of these areas, you will start to become unbalanced and stressed. Attend to what has been neglected, and you will start to feel better.
The key is that every day you take time to honor yourself and your desires.
Please join me in my next post when we will discuss Thoughtfulness/Intention.
What is one way that you show yourself respect daily? Please comment below.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. What a great opportunity to use “Respect” by Aretha Franklin! You’re right, but instead I’d like to introduce you to Kevin Lott. He’s got 3 great pointers on how to have more respect for yourself.
(Much thanks to the individuals on YouTube who were thoughtful enough to have posted exactly what I wanted without me having to ask.)
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