Tough Self-Love and Practicing Difficult Self-Care

If you’ve been hanging out here awhile then you know that my motto for self-care is “Ask yourself what you need.” And then do that thing. If you check out my Self-Love Workbook then you’ll see that my brand of self-care isn’t about manicures and vacations – but actionable steps that can improve your life, tough self-love. We’ve got to show a little tough love to ourselves on occasion. Sometimes we need to do something but we don’t want to do it. So we push it to the back-burner. There’s a lot of self-care that’s hard, that’s painful, and that stirs up a lot of unpleasant emotions and feelings. We need to do those things anyway. As someone that has anxiety and depression – it’s even more difficult to do some of those essential things. They trigger that anxious response and we tell ourselves that because it makes us feel bad initially…

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How Do You Define Your Self-Worth?

“You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.” I feel like I need that tattooed on my forehead so I can see it every day when I look in the mirror. I fell in love with it the moment I read the words and they sunk into my brain. As an empath, it resonated. It has been such a struggle for me not to carry other people’s problems around with me, not to give everything inside of me to save someone else from pain, and not to break under other people’s expectations of who I am supposed to be. It took me a very long time to learn how to measure my value. We are so conditioned to believe that our value is tied up in what we give instead of who we are. When we’re kids, we’ve got to make our parents happy and…

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When You’re a HSP Living In A Scary World

If the state of the world is seriously messing with your sensitive and tender heart right now, I want you to know you aren’t alone. It’s okay if it’s making you want to shut down right now. I feel it too, HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), that I am. HSPs are sensitive to emotions. Not only do we feel our own emotions deeply, but we feel the emotions of other people deeply as well. The last few months, the last few years, have been hard. Challenging. It’s difficult to sort out how you feel, why you feel it, and what to do about those feelings. It’s okay to be sensitive. To feel deeply. I’m right there with you. I’m sad. Confused. I’m angry and I feel that layer of discord that’s coloring my world. I wish I could pack up my favorite blankets and books, my cats, my collection of teas,…

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Self-Care for Highly Sensitive People (HSP)

HSP – Highly sensitive person. Have you ever cried while watching a movie? Or when your favorite character in a novel dies? Have you ever been around someone that was sad and you felt those emotions yourself? That’s empathy. Empathy is the ability to recognize and feel the emotions that are being experienced by someone else. You are able to understand, be aware of, and be sensitive to, the feelings and thoughts of others. Compassion and empathy are often intertwined. Empathy is a really great quality to have. It allows you to connect with other people and form bonds and relationships, it helps you to be a good listener, and a wonderful healer. Empathy can also be a lot of other things. Especially when it’s on overdrive. Frustrating. Confusing. Overwhelming. Hurtful. If your empathy affects your everyday life in a negative way – there’s a fair chance that you’re an HSP…

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