The Importance of Self-Care

It's been quite a week over here!  I've been a tad stressed to say the least.  Starting a new job, meeting new people, and adjusting to a new city is hard.  My body started shutting down mid-week because I was letting the stress get to me and my self-care was out the window.  Self-care is something I tend to forget about when I have a bunch of other things on my plate, so this was a good reminder for me to make it a priority again.

Since I was letting self-care go on the back burner, I noticed that my mind started reverting back to old ways of thinking when it came to food and exercise.  I found myself getting paranoid about my food choices and I started judging my body because I had not been working out consistently for over a month.  The fact that my mind was reverting back to this way of thinking had me scared.  I've been through enough when it comes to these issues and I did not want them to creep back into my life.

I knew the only way to get back in a positive energy was through self-care.  I get back to my inner truth (aka the positive voice in our heads) through meditating and journaling.  This week, I've been meditating on words from the book I've been reading about being present.  

I had to work through these negative emotions I had about food and my body on a daily basis in order to get back to a place of freedom and peace.  I could not judge myself as I went through this process.  I had to simply breathe and take care of myself in order to heal and move forward.

Sometimes, past struggles will creep back up into the present.  When this happens (and it will), do not judge yourself and do not think that you are weak.  Being a human means dealing with all types of emotions, good and bad.  You have to recognize those emotions - accept them - and work through them.

Take time to be with yourself.  It is okay to be selfish when you are feeling overwhelmed.  Making yourself a priority is something that will help you live your best life.

Discover what self-care means to you and practice it daily.  Practice it so you can become the best version of yourself and share your positive energy with the world.

Love and peace,

Jess