I wanna pick up where I left off on Friday about Louise Hay’s podcast regarding The Power of Self Love. Another one on her list is Be Gentle and Kind with Yourself.
I think as a woman that women are especially hard on themselves. We feel that we must do everything for everyone or we will disappoint someone. We take on more than we need to take on and leave no space for ourselves. We commit to taking the cupcakes to school, taking our parents to the doctor’s appointment, picking up a sick grandchild, working overtime to get the job done, helping a friend in need, and the next thing you know we have left zero time, energy and often money for us.
We must take care of ourselves by being gentle and loving. We mustn’t exhaust ourselves because we can’t pour from an empty cup. If we are drained from doing for everyone else, we have no energy for ourselves. It’s okay to say “no”, to hold boundaries so that you can take care of yourself. You don’t have to answer every phone call or text message. People will wait or call the next person to help them solve their problems.
Be patient with yourself because immediate gratification doesn’t mean it will last. That includes quick weight loss diets and wrinkle creams. Embrace who you are and love yourself as you love others. Hug yourself, tell yourself that you’re doing the best you can, you’re doing great and you’re allowed to struggle. Love yourself first and others will love you!