Self-care, self-investment and self-respect. What do all of these have in common? Yes, it is ‘SELF’, YOUR-SELF! There is much written about this over the last few years, but learning to make some time for ourselves as a priority doesn’t usually sit well with us. That pesky voice of Guilt usually pipes up and makes us feel that we aren’t worthy for some ‘Me time’ or that we are being selfish if we do.
Thriving through Self-care, self-investment & self-respect
In my post ‘Why We Need to be Selfish – Sometimes’, I wrote:
Selfish is and sounds such a horrible word and I’m not saying we should be self centred and only think about ourselves all the time. However, there are times when we do need to be selfish, otherwise how can we expect people to respect us if we don’t respect ourselves enough to find fulfillment in our lives.
You can read the full post here, however, the main point of my article was that sometimes we need to nourish and look after ourselves, so that we can do a better job of being there for family and friends. It is a bit like the oxygen mask in the airplane – we are told that in case of an emergency, we put our masks on first before helping our children or others.
It is not selfish to look after ourselves by living an Holistic Healthy Lifestyle, meaning regular exercise, healthy eating, taking time to help our mental health and spiritual health. We will function better and be a much ‘nicer’ person to be around.
I like the sound of this! My guest writer in the Over 50 & Thriving Series, Min Gillespie, from Write of the Middle wrote about 12 Tips for self-investment in your 50’s & beyond and the need to prioritise ourselves.
Investing in ourselves is just as important as investing in a house, car or other. We are valuable and need to recognise our value and protect it.
This is the most important because without self-respect then self-care and self-investment just won’t happen. Learning to love the person you are and appreciate your value and qualities will bring self-respect and self-confidence.
What is one thing you can do today to invest in yourself and show yourself some self-respect and love?
In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘T’ is for Taking Charge of your life to Thrive. I do hope you will join me.
You might also like to check out my Over 50 & Thriving series. In this series, published every Thursday, guest writers give insight into what ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ means to them.
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