I don’t know about you, but frankly, I really stink at self – care. This isn’t a good thing, especially since I’ve been having a rough time of late, & really could use some good self – care rituals.
Today I was thinking about this, wondering what I need to do to get better at taking care of myself. An idea popped into my mind that I’m sure was from God, as I’m not this creative. A self – care box! I have a cute little wooden box I had gotten at a craft store a few years back. It’s maybe 3″ deep, 4″ wide & 2″ tall. I got out some pretty pink & off white paint for it. Pink & off white make me happy, which is why I chose those colors. While I’m waiting on the paint to dry, I went online & found a bunch of simple but good ideas for self – care. Simple ones, like “take a few minutes just to breathe deeply.” “Take a nap.” “Give yourself a manicure/pedicure.” “Pray.” “Read.” I wrote these little suggestions on pieces of pretty blue construction paper (if only I’d had pink! lol). I will cut them out & once the paint on the box is dry, put them in the box. When I need a little extra self – care, I’ll pull one piece of paper & do whatever suggestion is on that piece of paper.
Many adult children of narcissistic mothers also aren’t very good at taking care of themselves. It’s hardly just me. If this describes you, then why don’t you try creating a self – care box? Do an internet search on “self – care ideas” & you will be amazed with the amount of suggestions available! Pick & choose the ones that appeal the most to you. Then, the next time you’re feeling down, anxious, overworked or whatever, pull out one of those little slips of paper from the box & do what it says.
You deserve to be healthy, emotionally as well as physically! It will give you more peace & joy, taking good care of yourself. Besides, to be the best you that you can be for others, you have to take care of yourself. Do it for the ones you love, as well as for yourself. ❤