Cheryl Richardson and Christiane Northrup are authors I really connect with on all matters relating to self-care. That being said, below are some wonderful permission slips offered on Dr. Northrup’s blog for taking better care of ourselves.
- Rest when you need to. If you are tired, give yourself permission to sleep. The dishes, the laundry, and the work you didn’t finish today will still be waiting for you tomorrow.
- Feel joy every day. Paint, sing, dance, play music, and have sex if you so desire.
- Let go of toxic relationships. Toxic people drain you. Work on creating relationships with people who support you as you are.
- Love your body. Stop comparing yourself to the air brushed models in the media. Dress the way you want. Do your hair the way you like it. If this is difficult, do mirror work and tell your body how much you love it.
- Trust your intuition. Step out of your comfort zone and go for whatever feels right – maybe it is a new career path, a new health or fitness program, or simply speaking up when you feel the need.
- Simplify your life. Focus on what truly matters to you. Don’t let yourself get derailed by drama.
- Forgive yourself. Forgiveness is a process. Find time every day to practice forgiveness.
- Say “yes.” Saying “yes” to yourself is empowering. Say “yes” to whatever you want in your life, and say “no” to whatever you don’t want.
- Feel the guilt. Realize that the guilt you are feeling is probably just cultural programming. Thank it for sharing and release it.
- Be yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. You don’t have to fit any cultural mold.
Which one speaks loudest to you today?