All of us have our own stressful lives to live, and all of us (I can bet) have others who depend on us to care for them, whether it is family or friends or even co-workers...but we do not often think about caring for the most important dependent of all. And that person is yourself.
Life Coach and Mentor, Susan Gregg, explains self-care with the metaphor of the cup. We each have a cup. Sometimes, our cup is empty, and there is nothing to share with anyone. Sometimes, it is only half full and we are concerned about having enough to share with others. And still other times, our cup is full and spilling over and there is plenty to share with others.
She adds that we should never share what is within that cup. In fact, we simply can not share what is within the cup because there isn't enough. Instead, we must focus our efforts on only sharing what spills over.
How do we get to this state of spilling over? By actively incorporating self care into our daily routines.
Remember that to care for someone else (particularly over the long haul) you must first take care of yourself. Taking time to laugh, whether proactively (as in Laughter Yoga) or in response to a funny movie, book, person or situation is nourishment for your soul. It gives you the strength and buoyancy to show up wholeheartedly for others, and to spill over with a healthy essence fit for sharing!