Emotionally sensitive people can find it especially difficult to cope with society's "always on," always doing something, always multitasking expectations. Even droves of averagely sensitive people have found themselves burned out and turning to self medicating or prescription drugs to literally take the edge off of life and numb the overwhelm. This can't be the solution. There's got to be a more effective way to take care of ourselves.
- I don't deserve a break.
- No one around me is taking one - why should I?
- This would be self-indulgence.
- What will people think if I take a rest?
- What if I let go and become lazy and lose my momentum?
It's time to release these judgments and replace them with more compassionate thoughts, such as:
- Yes, I'm busy like most people, but I do deserve a break.
- I see others around me being unwilling to stop and make this time for themselves, and I also see the emotional and physical toll it takes on them as well. I am choosing to pause and take care of myself instead.
- Self-care is necessary.
- It doesn't matter what others think of my choice to slow down and take care of myself. This is my body, my mind, my spirit, and I am responsible for my own health and well-being.
- I will not lose my momentum but will rather allow my body much needed rest and will restore and rejuvenate as a result of my willingness to slow down for a little while. The world will keep spinning, and I won't fall off.
Consider this week what messages stand in the way of you allowing yourself some much deserved rest and self-care. Ask yourself: Is it really worth the impact on my mental and physical health? What can I do this week to take care of ME and let go of the messages that doing so is selfish?
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