Today, I thought I would share some Ted Talks about self-care. We often overlook it in our lives because we are taught that it is considered selfish to worry about our needs above others. In truth, both need to be tempered. Too much focus on anyone aspect can leave the other one seriously lacking. Sure, there are plenty of new age info out there about how to love yourself and etc. But sometimes it’s just the simplest thing of listening to your inner monologue or paying attention to your body. After all, those are extensions of you and pretty good indication when something is not right.
First up is Guy Winch who explains why “emotional first aid” is an important part of our daily lives and routines. We go to the doctor when we have physical pain or worried about the flu, but we forget that we can also talk to those specialists when we are having feelings of loneliness, guilt, and loss. Those feelings are just as influential to our health and wellbeing. Here is “Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid” by Gus Winch.
Lastly, we will take a look at Andy Puddlecombe who asks us when was the last time that we absolutely nothing for 10 minutes. Put down the phone, turn off the tv, no talking, or focusing on any specific though for ten minutes. Just be in the moment, being present and aware of what is going on. Here is “All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes”by Andy Puddlecombe.
Self-Care takes a change of mindset; we have to reassess the things that we have been taught and find better ways to care for ourselves. It is essential as maintaining your physical health. If you aren’t feeling right, there are those that you can talk to for assistance. We need to understand that it doesn’t make us weak asking for help. Start by those closest to you, increase your friend base to those that are loving and supportive, turn to them when you feel there are issues to be addressed. After all, as RuPaul has made famous “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love someone else.”