Taking Baby Steps Down the Road of Self Love and Self Care
We talk a lot about self love and self care at Just Stay Curious. For those who are new to self love and self care, understanding how to truly love themselves and care for themselves may seem difficult.
Michelle Vina-Baltsas shared an epiphany she had while learning about self love. “I didn’t realize there were degrees – like I could get there. I thought, ‘What about taking baby steps in between working towards that?’” In tribute to this idea, the following meditation has been created. Please take a moment to make sure you are in a quiet spot, either sitting or lying down comfortably.
I Love Myself Enough To Go Down This Road
Self love and self care are new concepts to me. One day, they will be old friends. Because our relationship is new, we are learning about each other. I love myself enough to go down this road of exploring self love. I love myself enough to go down this road of exercising self care. I am on a journey. I am taking baby steps, working towards a life full of self love and self care.
I Set Healthy Boundaries with My Family
I recognize that my family is important to me. I make sure to maintain contact with the people who loved me first and know me best. I love myself enough to know that a healthy relationship with family is important. However, I set boundaries. I make sure that there is balance in my relationships with my family. Even on days when I miss the mark with my family, I love myself. I forgive myself. I am taking baby steps towards self love. I am taking baby steps toward self care.
I Make Sure to Spend Time With My Friends
Spending time with my friends is a form of self love. Spending time with my friends is a form of self care. My soul drinks from the well of understanding, common interests, a shared past, and the conscious choice to continue to love and respect each other that is my relationships with my friends. I am honest with my friends, and ask for help when I need help. I am honest with myself and keep the friends who celebrate me. I am honest with myself and identify those I call my friend who do not have my best interests at heart. I keep the friends that contribute to my self love and self care. I love myself enough, and care for myself enough, to recognize those I have been holding on to for too long. I let those people go. I celebrate the friendship that was, and recognize that not all friendships are forever. I am baby stepping my way to loving myself more when it comes to my friends. I am baby stepping my way to caring for myself better when it comes to my friends.
I Do Work That Is Fulfilling
Every day, I do work that is fulfilling. Where I am not fulfilled, I seek opportunities to change my perspective. Regardless of the task, I seek to find the way that my work serves others. I seek to find the way that my work contributes to the world. If, despite my best use of my imagination, I cannot find one redeeming thing in my work, I love myself enough to recognize that I am probably just having a bad day. I seek out opportunities, whether through employment, parenting, caregiving, or volunteer activities, to bring some meaningful work into my life. I know that occupying some of my time with work that is meaningful is a form of self love. Providing myself with opportunities to have meaningful work is a form of self care. I don’t have to change everything at once. I am giving myself permission to baby step my way to a more loving, caring work environment.
I Choose Free Time Activities That I Enjoy
Every day, I find one thing to do in my free time that I enjoy. I love myself enough to know that making a part of each day enjoyable for me is critical. I actively seek out activities I enjoy. If I am unfamiliar with the concept of enjoyable free time activities, I begin to explore it now. I will take the opportunity to read, try a craft, explore a sport, or find something else that is pleasurable to me. I recognize that even small amounts of time doing something I enjoy is an exercise in self love. It is an exercise in self care.
I Deserve Self Love and Self Care
I deserve self love and self care. I owe it to myself to exercise self love and self care. There is no other person on the planet that can give me self love and self care. It is a duty and a responsibility to do this for myself. I will take baby steps, each and every day, to forming the habits of exercising self love and self care. I will forgive myself when I fall. I will remind myself that babies don’t just convert from crawlers to walkers. They require practice. I recognize that I, too, require practice in my exercise of self love. I, too, require practice in my exercise in self care. I deserve this love. I deserve this care. I will give this gift to myself. One wobbly step at a time.
I can’t wait to see where this could lead me!