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November 12, 2008

Taking Care Of Self

It's often the case that those who take care of everyone else, don't take care of themselves. Folks like that often see stress-reducing practices, such as massage, as indulgences. They couldn't be more wrong.

One of the things I used to ask my clients was, "How long do you think you can take care of everyone else if you don't take care of yourself?" Another great question regarded the example that people set for their children by abusing their own bodies. One therapist had a great way of posing the self-care question: "How would you want the person you loved the most to be cared for? Why don't you deserve that for yourself?"

And so, this line of thought brings up the trifecta of self-care and wellness activities:
1) get a massage
2) do some kind of exercise
3) take time for yourself preferably in some form of meditation

Not only will you reap the rewards, but so will the people around you, especially the ones you take care of.

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Posted by linda at November 12, 2008 6:22 PM

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