Be Kind to Yourself

This has been an emotional roller coaster of a week. Preceded by an emotional coaster few months.
I don’t know about you, but with everything going on in the world, all the fear, worry, injustice, grief, rage…it can sure build up.
And sometimes we forget the most basic and simple self-care that enables us to show up, speak up, stand up for what we believe is right.
On top of everything that is going on in the world and in the country, I had an extra hard week this week. Monday, June 8 was my brother’s birthday. He died 18 years ago, shortly after turning 20. He would have been 38 this year.

Some years are easier than others. This year felt really hard. And my default is to hunker down and tap into my deep strength and ride it out…but on his birthday this year, I chose to just feel whatever feelings came up for me. They weren’t convenient. They weren’t the picture of perfection (whatever that is). I just felt them. I let myself cry when I felt like crying. I let myself laugh when I felt like laughing. I released all judgements and just accepted myself.

Why am I sharing this? You have your own struggles. We all do. And I thought that it might just be a gift of exactly what you might be needing right now, to invite you to give yourself permission to accept yourself. To be kind to yourself. To love yourself in all your imperfections.

The beautiful irony is that when we do this, it makes us feel lighter and less burdened. It makes you more able to rise up and be your best possible self.

I believe that health is built upon the foundation of self-care: caring for one’s self. 
When you get overwhelmed, it might feel like you don’t have time to take care of yourself. That other things are more important.
But they aren’t.
You cannot pour from an empty vessel.
So please, be kind to yourself. Your health, your body and mind, they are your vehicles in this world. They allow you to show up and be a force of good in this world. 
And the world now more than ever needs more forces of good like you.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!