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Basic Self-Care: Secure Your Own Needs First

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As I am writing this, I am neglecting my own advice. *which is why I would love for you to learn from my self-neglect

This post is about listening to your needs and reacting to them as a priority, and here I am writing while my body is shivering.

Give me a moment as I get myself a jumper, a hot water bottle and a cup of tea.

Ok.

Do you ever feel like you are putting yourself on hold for something or someone else? That you are completely neglecting your needs and what your body is telling you?

I often come home and go straight to my computer to “quickly check something”‘, and end up sitting there for ages with my dress half off, my tights hanging down one leg, and the strap of my bag still draped around my shoulders.

You might also find me chatting with someone online, and instead of excusing myself for a minute, I will hobble on my chair holding back my need to go to the toilet until I can’t hold it any longer [after which you will see me do the “camel walk” to the bathroom because there is no other way to make it without leakage…].

A Four-Step Process To Help You Face Your Fears & Leave The Comfort Zone

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Facing your fears and leaving the comfort zone is hard. Sometimes, pursuing or having what you actually want in life can feel downright brain-freezing, blood-chilling, and body-shaking scary.

Even though you know you want to be the next crazy cat-lady and have more cats than any crazy cat-lady has ever hoarded before, you are afraid of expanding out of the comfort zone and making your dream a reality. The resistance you feel is so uncomfortable and overwhelming that you spend most of your time avoiding your dream. *keeping only one cat, e.g

The fear of what might lie beyond our worn out, cosy and safe comfort zone, is often what stops us in our tracks towards a better life. *and makes us refresh our Facebook, or Instagram feed

Ironically, while we are too scared to do what we want, we are also unhappy in our comfort zone. Needless to say, if we are trapped in this numbing place of non-action for too long, everything just boils down to a  huge pool of “meh.”

Six Ways To Love Yourself This Week: Jars Of Happiness And Videogame Nostalgia

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Sometimes the concept of self-love is so abstract that other than drawing a hot bath [and throwing in some essential oils], we don’t really know what it means in our every day life. Because I absolutely know how that feels – and it can be overwhelming to come up with new approaches all by yourself – I have collected six things I did to love myself a little more this week, in the hopes that you find some inspiration!

1) I Focused On Wanting To Feel Good

The last couple of weeks have offered me a lot of situations and events for personal growth. For one, I broke my newly purchased car – twice – resulting in me having to buy another new one. Additionally, some doors closed that I had counted on being open. Basically, I felt like I had a major ‘right’ to throw a pity party and go into siren-wail mode.

But I didn’t.  Admittedly, I did shed some tears – feeling my emotions was important – but I snapped out of the negativity spiral very quickly.

Every time I felt a negative emotion, I tried to flip it around.

You Decide How You Want To Feel

“Most people want to make you responsible for the way they feel.” – Rachel Wolchin

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I have always loved wearing things that made me look “over the top,” or “overdressed.” I would wear ruffled white vampire shirts with red satin corsets to school, or I would show up in full evening wear for a casual birthday party [as you do].

While I would like to boast that my style has become more refined, I am still often considered over the top. I am known for click-clacking my way through life in high heels and lipstick, and I always overdo it when I am invited to parties and events.

But that’s me, it happens naturally. I never felt insecure about it; it was just the way I loved expressing myself, and it  is a natural extension of who I was/am inside.

That is, until people made me question myself.

One time, after singing a melancholic aria in preparation of my music degree – clad in flowing layers of black fabric – my music teacher told me to look less “Gothic” the next time I performed.

I was gutted. Before he made his nasty remark, I had been extremely proud of my performance and my outfit. I had felt completely connected to my song in that outfit and had strutted about in it, feeling like a queen.

After he gave me his speech, everything about the outfit and evening was ruined for me. It completely destroyed the fantastic memory I had of myself and the performance.

It made me question everything.  

He was not the first to make me feel that way though, and he also wasn’t the last.