Showing up for myself means making myself a priority. It means showing up for me because I am worthy of doing so. And you know what? You are too.
Whether we are parents, students, bosses, or employees-- prioritizing us is important. With the hustle and bustle of every day life, it's easy to put our own needs below everyone else's. Where do your needs fit in? Not prioritizing you can lead to burn out, depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, resentment, etc. The list is endless!
I learned through my own journey that life doesn't have to be about everyone else. I matter too. Not saying everyone else doesn't matter. What I am saying is that you can't be your best version of you if you aren't taking care of YOU. I never knew how to make myself a priority. I thought it was selfish to do that. I thought I didn't have time. It made me feel guilty even thinking about it. But I tell you what. When I learned what life is really about. What it FELT like to take care of me, I realized that I don't ever want to go back to not caring for my own well-being.
For those who know me, know that self-care is my specialty. Anyone I coach knows, I am going to coach you through some form of self-care. Not only to fill our own cups, but HOW to. How to have a better relationship with ourselves, as well as with our eating habits. You see, self-care can come in many forms. It's not just about bath salts and candles. It's about the food you eat to nourish your body, how you nourish your mind, and how you nourish your spirit.
It's about THRIVING. Living to our full potential without giving ourselves or even others what is left of us. That just means we are merely surviving.
Wouldn't you rather live a life worth living? Be energetic, fulfilled, and empowered? IT IS POSSIBLE!
How? Read below and you will find out some basic principles on how I show up for myself daily and how you can too.
Commit to habits and routines that enhance my well-being (even when I don't feel up to it): journaling, reading my devotional, hydrating first thing in the morning, eating a balanced and energizing breakfast, connecting with my tribe, moving, making my bed, skincare routine.
Accomplish basic needs: quality sleep, eat balanced meals, stay hydrated, necessary vitamins and supplements
Take time for myself: listen to a podcast, read, write, walk, rest, get outside
Check-in with myself: how I'm feeling, what my needs are and figure out how to meet those needs, setting intentions for the day, gratitude, feel feelings (good, bad, uncomfortable..ALL of it) without getting down on myself.
Practice self-forgiveness: getting "off track", not being perfect, "failing", or mistakes.
Be aware of self-sabotage or old habits: don't neglect my "why". If there is a stressor or something unexpected occurs, be mindful of--what is the gift in this?
Say no: to overfilling my schedule, to someone asking for a favor, to a situation/person that doesn't feel right, or to overall negativity. It's okay to say no. It's okay to ask yourself if what you are filling yourself up with is benefiting you or hurting you (aheem..maybe that first thing in the morning reach for social media maneuver?). I know now that when I say yes, it comes from a place of love and generosity because it is more authentic and brings me more joy.
Something that can hinder how we "show up" can come in the form of (negative) stress. Stressors come daily. It's part of life. The important thing is how we handle what comes our way. When we can be mindful of what routines and habits work well for us, putting those into a daily practice allows for resilience to what is ahead. Not to say things won't be hard. Life is hard. When we show up for ourselves, we are better able to handle what that hard may be, while taking care of our own well-being. Plus, everyone around us benefits too.
As a Holistic Nutrition & Wellness Coach, I LOVE sharing healthy tips in order to show others how to live to be the best version of themselves. I help individuals learn to prioritize themselves in order to live their full potential and a more fulfilling and energizing life. Thanks for stopping by!