The biggest thing we can learn from self-care is that it teaches us how to better care for others. By showing up for ourselves, we show up for others.
We are in this last week of our official February self-care/self-love challenge in The Prodigal Daughter Community! And honestly, I have learned so much through showing up for myself alongside amazing women every single day this month. It’s always refreshing when we take time to sit back, relax, and replenish from the events throughout the day. We’re able to fully reflect and sit with our thoughts and emotions. And after talking with other women who joined me on this challenge, it has honestly been just that.
Self-Care Helps Us Build Better Communities
But the biggest thing we can learn from self-care is how to take better care of others. See, when we show up for ourselves, we are simultaneously showing up for others. When we allow ourselves to decompress and really get honest with ourselves, we are able to not only do the same for others but we learn to allow others to do the same.
Not only are we able to better love those around us, but we are also able to allow others to love us better as well. I think this is the beautiful thing about how communities thrive. When we get really honest about our feelings, take time for ourselves to check out in a healthy way, and are able to focus on the most important aspects of life, those around us thrive.
If you listened to last week’s episode, I was talking about the power in saying no and setting healthy boundaries. The thing is, we aren’t simply setting healthy boundaries for us, but we’re setting healthy boundaries for others to follow as well. Because the truth of the matter is, self-care isn’t selfish.
Taking time out of your day to take care of yourself and love yourself better isn’t neglectful. Why? Because it impacts the lives around you. It helps you take time out of your day to pour from a full cup that’s ready to be poured out. We are able to help replenish those when we are replenished. And when we give ourselves the freedom for personal space, we inadvertently give others that same freedom.
The Biggest Thing We Can Learn from Self-Care
As this post wraps up our entire month of February, I want to leave you with three key ideas.
- Self-Care isn’t selfish or neglectful.
- Self-Care helps us replenish, restore, and rejuvenate.
- By showing up for ourselves, we show up for other people.
Now, how will you show up for yourself this week?