Rather than being a luxury, taking care of myself is an important contributor to my health and well-being.
To take care of my body physically, I make time to eat healthy meals. I refrain from skipping meals regardless of the circumstance because food is essential to my survival. I am free from guilt about taking a break from work to sit down and enjoy a meal.
I also make time to exercise regularly to maintain vigorous health. Time spent at a gym or on a walk is time well invested in my well-being. Getting regular exercise makes me feel proud of myself for turning my determination to be healthy into action.
I nurture myself emotionally by tending to my relationships. Relationships can be the greatest source of positive energy and overall life satisfaction. Each time I pick up the phone or set up a meeting with a friend or relative, I am taking care of myself.
My goal is to see or speak to at least one person who matters a great deal to me each day. Investing time and energy in the things that mean the most to me are the first steps to making myself a priority.
I nurture my spirit and clear my mind through prayer and reflection. When I pray, I abandon my stress through faith. I clear my mind by investing at least one hour a day on a hobby or favorite activity.
Today, I choose to make taking care of myself a priority. I make time for food, exercise, good friends, and hobbies so that I can enjoy taking care of myself.
When can I take a break to eat a quiet meal today?
Who do I want to talk to that I havent spoken to in a while?
Why is it beneficial to me to make myself a priority?
I have discovered that true happiness comes from having consideration for others. I consistently choose others before myself out of true compassion.
I put myself in the place of others and respond to situations based on what I would want someone to do for me. In all I do, I follow the golden rule to do unto others as I would have them do unto me.
Being selfless brings me a much happier life, rich in relationships. The admiration of others is another benefit I receive from choosing to be thoughtful.
When others speak of me, they have only positive things to say because interactions with me leave them feeling uplifted.
Through my example, I inspire others to treat each other with kindness and spread compassion in their own lives. As I lay my own needs aside and choose to serve someone else, others are moved to act the same way.
Choosing others before myself does not mean I neglect my personal needs; it simply means I keep my needs in perspective and maintain a reasonable self-image. It is, after all, only through a healthy self-concept that I am able to think of the needs of others before my own.
Today, I choose to allow my needs to take a backseat to the needs of those I can help around me. I choose to shake off self-centeredness so that I may experience the true joy of serving.
What role does self-confidence play in my ability to be compassionate?
What are some benefits to being selfless?
How can I be more selfless today?
I continually communicate with myself through my thoughts. I am the most influential voice I hear because I am the only one who knows every detail about my life. Through the power of my thoughts, I build myself up with positive encouragement.
Just as I choose the words I speak to others, I carefully select what I say to myself. Every idea I express to myself is a reflection of my love and self-acceptance. By addressing myself with encouraging words, I cultivate a positive attitude within me.
My constructive self-talk helps me brush aside any negativity aimed at me throughout the day. The voice of self-acceptance, which is constantly building me up inside, serves as a shield from harsh criticism and pessimistic comments.
My goal is to be my number one supporter. I clearly see the talents and gifts inside of me. I focus my attention on my strengths by pointing them out to myself. Keeping my best qualities at the forefront of my thoughts motivates me to rise above challenges.
As a result of my uplifting inner dialogue, it is easy for me to encourage others. I just focus on their pleasant qualities. I refrain from judging others due to lack of self-confidence. Because I believe in myself, I can support others without feeling threatened.
Today, I choose to speak to myself with respect and honor. My self-acceptance and encouraging inner dialogue propel me toward success. Regardless of what I may hear from others, I can always count of myself to be my greatest motivator.
How does my self-image affect the way I see others?
Why should I speak positively to myself?
What is something positive about myself I can focus on today?