Friendly Reminders: Take Time For Yourself And Take Care Of Yourself

Friendly Reminders: Take Time For Yourself And Take Care Of Yourself

Everyone needs some reminders now and then about the importance of both self-care and self-love.
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Friendly reminders: Take time for yourself and take care of yourself. These two aspects of life should always be the most crucial, most important, and given the most dedication. Here are some sayings that may help you out of a rut, get you to think more about yourself, or simply serve as a friendly reminder.

"Self care should always come first, but don’t let this lead you to thinking that self-care is selfish." -Unknown

“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness." -Deborah Day

“Self-care is how you take your power back.” -Lalah Delia

"Take time to do what makes your soul happy.” -Unknown

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” -Jean Shinoda Bolen

“Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It's about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.” -Kristi Ling

“Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you.” -Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

“The love and attention you always thought you wanted from someone else, is the love and attention you first need to give to yourself.” -Bryant McGillns

“It's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It's necessary.” -Mandy Hale

“One of the best ways you can fight discrimination is by taking good care of yourself. Your survival is not just important; it's an act of revolution.” -DaShanne Stokes

“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.” -Susan Weiss Berry

"Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don't give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people." -Tena Desae

"If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride - and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards." -Paul Bryant

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” -Deborah Day

“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.” -Anna Taylor

“Acknowledge, accept, and honor that you deserve your own deepest compassion and love.” -Nanette Mathews

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Doing Things On Your Own Should Be Celebrated, Not Pitied

Our time with ourselves should be just as treasured as our time with other people.

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Despite living in an incredibly individualistic society, it is rare to hear of occasions in which people go to restaurants, sight-see, or head out to a bar… alone.

Humans are naturally sociable creatures. We thrive in groups, and we often reach out to each other in the hopes of making long-lasting connections. This is great! People need people, and completely isolating yourself from everyone can have negative consequences on your mental health.

However, this also means that we tend to latch onto one another in social situations. I'm sure many people would be confused at the thought of going to a bar alone without the prospect of meeting up with friends—but why?

Why is it that people need to be seen in public with other people? Is it because socializing gives us a sense of purpose in being out at all? Is there something inherently shameful about being seen alone?

There certainly shouldn't be.

So much good can come out of spending time in your own company. As much as we love our friends and family, sometimes we need our alone time, and this doesn't always mean that we stay in and binge-watch a new Netflix series. (Although many times it does, and that's totally cool too.)

Sometimes needing our privacy means heading out to get a cup of coffee and sitting in a cafe for hours without waiting for anyone. Sometimes it means visiting that museum you've never been to and soaking up all the art at your own pace. Sometimes it means that you need a break to sit with your thoughts.

So why do we feel such immense pity whenever we see someone standing alone?

If we see someone at the movie theater with their bag of popcorn and no clear sign of expecting anyone, why do we assume that means the person is a loner?

Maybe that person just wanted to enjoy a film they've waited years for, and maybe they couldn't watch it to its fullest extent with their best friend asking questions about it all the time. Maybe they had a rough week and want to sit with their popcorn—no questions asked.

Regardless of the reason, we should not be pitying anyone who stands apart from the crowd in a public space. Rather, we should remember that our time with ourselves should be just as treasured as our time with other people.

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