This week I read an article by Elizabeth Gilbert titled Why You Need To Treat Yourself and shared it in the Woman Rising Community Group as it perfectly captured the essence of what I’ve been struggling with lately – my inability to give myself the same level of respect, support and grace I would a dear friend.
I love to talk on this blog about giving yourself permission to put your needs first to allow you to take better care of others, but I’ll also be the first to admit, that’s it’s easier said than done.
When you’re running on empty, pulled in a million directions and facing another coffee-powered day because of lack of sleep/energy/me-time, treating yourself with care, kindness, generosity and love is more incomprehensible than the Jolie/Pitt relationship break-up.
But it’s at these low points in our day that we need to consider our future selves more than ever, and give her the friendship and support we know on a deeper level, that she needs – neigh – deserves!
Just imagine looking back on these moments of exhaustion, stress and overwhelm and having the ability to give thanks with a tap on your own back and a grateful, ‘Hey, thanks for looking after me back then. I really appreciate it.’
It always feels incredible to receive thanks from a close friend after helping them out or showing kindness. Why can’t we do that for ourselves more often?
As Elizabeth says, ‘You will be the one making the bed, but she’s the one lying in it.’
If you and I are on a mission to cultivate our best life, what is one thing we could do today to that your future self can thank you for?
I think I’m going to start with an afternoon nap.
Tell me in the comments below, what would you do for a friend who wasn’t looking after herself to the standard she deserved? Would you still deny this for yourself?