What’s it mean to truly take care of yourself?

I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately since becoming a work-at-home mom. As one of the hardest jobs I’ve had, it’s taught me about the importance of self-care. But while daily practices like getting a massage, drinking a cup of tea or taking a walk were essential to my overall well-being, their good feeling never lasted very long.

I learned that self-care didn’t mean a thing unless I believed I deserved it.


Because when you have a long list of things to do and you don’t believe that accomplishing them is dependent on putting yourself as a priority, you won’t do them. Believe me. When there’s a choice between staying with what’s unhealthy and comfortable or confronting what’s not working in your life, it’s a lot easier to choose to do the former. The toxic friend? The bad therapist? You’re opt to stay with what’s familiar even if it means sacrificing your long-term health.

As you’ll find out this week, doing what’s difficult in the present will open a door to a future you never dreamed possible. Whether it’s finding a new therapist, letting go of a toxic relationship, getting more sleep or engaging in activities that nourishes your spirit, our posts below will remind you that of all the tasks you need to do, taking care of yourself is most important.

{Flickr photo by latisha}

{Flickr photo by latisha}

How To Spot A Bad Therapist: 10 major signs
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – You know a good therapist when you see one. But a bad therapist? Here’s how to tell if it’s time to find someone new.

Free Yourself From Toxic Relationships
(The Psychology of Success) – There are some people who make you feel worse when you’re around them. How do you know if your relationship(s) are worth salvaging or ending? Read this.

Things Your Brain Needs to Function Correctly
(Cultivating Contentment & Happiness) – There are things you can do to take care of your mental well-being. Learn what activities can improve brain function, prevent disease, and make you happier.

Mindful Parenting: Moving Beyond a Difficult Childhood
(Mindful Parenting) – How do you become a good parent when you never had one? This post offers several suggestions on how to let go of your difficult past to become the parent you always wanted to be.

5 Essential Elements to Starting Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Want to practice mindfulness but don’t know where to get started? Get straight to the good stuff with this list of five ways you can incorporate mindfulness meditation in your daily life.