“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” ~ Eleanor Brown

How many of you actually take care of yourselves? Hello there… anybody? Are you constantly running around and bouncing here and there like a ping-pong ball? I know that I once was, but not anymore—at least for the most part. I used to be so crazy busy and stressed out that you could have attached my head to jumper cables and received quite a charge!

All this running around taking care of people and making deadlines etc. didn’t have to be so crazy if I would have believed in the word, “No,” and practiced better self-care. Yoga, meditation, taking a walk, swimming, etc. Whatever calms you down and brings peace to you will work. But not drinking too much wine and stress eating. Yes, I confess, that is how I used to handle stress.

I know it’s hard to think of yourself when you have so much responsibility, but if you don’t take care of yourself then who will? And what’s going to happen to everyone and everything that’s depending on you if you get sick? A stressful life can make you very sick. Self-care isn’t something that’s selfish, or trendy. Self-care is something that is necessary for a balanced life.

When you are living through a nerve-racking time in your life, then that is just when you need to take a step back and think about what’s right for you. You need to be mindful of the choices you’re making and how they are affecting your overall health now and into the future.

It helps if you get yourself in the habit of self-care on a daily basis before you find yourself in a stressful situation. This way, you will know how to handle the horrible way you are feeling and de-stress before you get sick.

Remember, cheating yourself is going to cheat those that love you. Don’t beat yourself up all the time. Take a break and enjoy this life of yours.

15 thoughts on “Self-Care

  1. Very true Michele, we cannot give from an empty vessel. We only ever give from where we are at.
    If we’re angry, we give out anger, if we’re happy, we give that happiness out.
    People need to understand that it requires self love first or all we are giving out is the left overs of our lives 😀


  2. Beautifully said, Mark. So true that you can only give what you have, and self love is so important.


  3. How right you are Michele.
    Live your life. 😃


  4. pjlazos says:

    I love this post. I’m terrible of taking care of myself. :0(


  5. I need to take time for myself..too busy taking care of others. sigh


  6. smilecalm says:

    such caring
    like a good
    public health
    cheerleader, Michele!
    my 30 yr career 🙂


  7. Aw, thanks, David! Wow, 30 years! Then you really understand 🙂


  8. I see my self care as a service to those around me because when I’m not tending to myself…I’m in no shape to tend for anyone else.


  9. And you’re doing a great job of this, Elysha, with your videos of fitness, holistic and mindful living, plus, you’re keeping us styling!

    “Everyone, check out Elysha’s website–you will love it!”


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