“Learn to nurture yourself.”
Somewhere along the line many women learn to put the needs of others before their own. In many ways this ability is one of our greatest feminine talents; nurturing is a trait that validates us as women and this quality of our nature should surely be treasured and celebrated.
But, why is it that so many of us feel guilty when it comes to nurturing ourselves? We feel selfish. We believe that we’re stealing time away from those that need us. Yet the truth is, you need to nurture yourself before you can successfully nurture others. This may sound self-indulgent, but it’s not. By taking care of your own needs you are recognizing and affirming that your own emotional, physical and mental health is just as important as that of others.
The truth is that, at least some of the time, you have to put yourself and your own needs first. If you love and care for yourself, you’re far better equipped to love and care for those that need you.
©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women
Today’s Affirmation: I nurture myself without feeling selfish.