“You can’t pour from an empty cup.” - Unknown
“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” - Benjamin Franklin
“Put your own mask on first before assisting others” - airplane safety announcements everywhere
All around, people are writing about self-care - what it is, how to do it (or how not to do it), and why it’s important. In fact, so many people are writing about self-care, it can feel as though the buzz about self-care is a bit over-stated.
We know you get it.
You know self-care doesn’t have to be lavish or expensive. You know it can be mundane and sometimes feels like just another thing to get through on your to-do list (oh, hey, treadmill). But you also know you’re happier when you take care of yourself. You know in order to properly meet other peoples’ needs you need to have your needs met too. And you know self-care makes you more functional, better able to interact with the world.
So this isn’t that kind of blog post.
Here’s the real deal - practicing self-care actually strengthens an entire skill set.
When you’re practicing self-care, you’re also:
Practicing compassion - you’re recognizing a need and you’re offering yourself the time and resources to fill it. Give generously.
Enhancing patience - by allowing self-care to take a spot in your day, you’re practicing being patient with yourself and your other to-do items. One thing at a time.
Growing confidence - when you make time to meet your needs, you’re actually standing up for yourself. Your time is valuable. You are worth it.
Not to mention practicing time management, prioritization, cost/benefit analysis, flexibility, mental acuity, mindfulness, and advocacy.
Yes, these are internally expressed initially, but the more you practice, the more these skills become outwardly shone. More compassion for others; more patience with others; more confidence projected outward. More skills to help you make it through the rest of the day.
Beyond the buzz of how self-care is good for you, beyond figuring out what your self-care looks like, beyond making the time to do it, there’s this wide skill-set waiting for you.
Come to claim it.