Begin to make the shifts that lead to the close, connected relationships you long to experience. Work with the theme and affirmation below. Take time to experience the word and take in the affirmation. Living from these concepts is not always easy. The words and affirmations are designed to help you become more aware and intentional in your relationships.
I prioritize my self-care because I know it protects my relationships.
When I am rested and happy I am in the best position to attend to those I love. I take responsibility for rejuvenating myself so that I have personal, emotional, mental, and physical resources to share. I understand that depleting myself in any way is not beneficial to others. I do no one a favor if I end up resenting my loved one for what I have done for him or her.
True giving expands my sense of love and joy and affirms my own sense of wellbeing. When I give to others from my strength, I experience my own creativity, energy, abundance, and love. I realize giving from health results in joy and energy. I do not seek to meet every need; instead, I allow others to experience their own strengths as well. When I feel myself becoming tired, I assess what I need to do to take care of myself and take self-supportive action.
Tip: If you are becoming short-tempered or resentful, consider whether you are taking responsibility for your own needs. Ask yourself the following questions to assess your self-care and consider prioritizing the actions that allow you to be your personal best.
- Am I getting enough rest?
- What can I do to improve the quality of my sleep?
- Are my eating habits and diet supporting my health and body?
- What shifts could I make to improve my nutrition?
- Do I have an outlet for my stress and method to re-establish physical equilibrium at the end of each day?
- Would I benefit from some form of enjoyable exercise?
- Would I benefit from quiet time every day to clear my mind, meditate, or journal?
- Do I have something on the calendar I am looking forward to?
No matter what you determine might be a helpful change today, seek to make it a regular practice of self-care. Taking care of ourselves is an essential commitment we can make to our relationships, allowing us to bring more of ourselves to our loved ones. Self-care allows us to give from an authentically loving place.
©2018 Laura Aube
Workshop Opportunity: Do you find yourself quick to irritation or frustration with your child? Are you worried about your child’s behaviors? Learn to interact with your child in a way that meets their emotional and developmental needs at the Connected Parents/Thriving Kids Parenting Workshop.
On Saturday, November 10, 2018, attend an all-day workshop to learn how to attune with your children and create a supportive family environment. There is still time to register! Click the link below to learn more.
Connected Parents/Thriving Kids Parenting Workshop
All Day - Saturday, November 10, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Imago Couples or Family Therapy: If you are interested in a private couples or family Imago Therapy session, where clients experience and practice the skills that create happy, connected relationships, call (816) 359-1885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be honored to help you on your journey of living from your true self and creating relaxed, joyful relationships.
Laura Aube, LPC, ATR-BC, Certified Imago Therapist
Address: 207 South Washington Street, Raymore, MO 64083
Laura Aube is licensed as a Counselor in the State of Missouri. She has advanced training as a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, as well as a fully-credentialed Art Therapist. She has twenty-five years of experience as a therapist and specialized expertise in grief, trauma, couples, and family therapy.