Why Self Care is Anything But Selfish

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  1. April Hair says:

    Thanks! This is so me and love the encouragement!!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Cheri,
    I have been feeling so overwhelmed recently. I cried last night because I was actually feeling hate towards my son and my husband. I just wanted peace and I felt they needed to go away in order to get that. Thank you so much for writing about this. I just found your blog today. God led me here after I broke down and begged for help. I can’t thank you enough. You describe me to a T. My HSP self assessment is literally 100. I am so grateful to know there are others out there. You are so strong for writing about this and helping others like yourself. I am so grateful, words cannot express how much I needed this.

  3. I do however struggle with nutrition and walking which keeps me happy and sane. However in the face of all that needs to be done, these needs get relegated to the back burner, and all the “needs” suffer as I am not in a great space spiritually and mentally, due to neglecting my needs

  4. Quiet time definately, also notice that if I wake up into these things, the day feels more frantic.

    With church camps I am trying to have a 30 Min time away to rest and recharge so be around others without feeling drained, so I can lovingly enjoy my time with my sister’s and church community.

  5. These are great tips! I struggle with self-care BIG time a this season of life. I have a one year old and a 4 year old (<- driver personality), plus I run a business/blog. I also never drew the connection that because of my sensitivities, that I actually need self-care more than other non-HSP's. Thank you for the great resources, reminder and encouragement. 💖 I am in the middle of reading your book, Overwhelmed, and when I got to the HSP part (already knew I was HSP, but struggle with it!)…I knew I had to get on your site!

  6. Thanks for giving permission to schedule a “time out!”
    Sometimes a puzzle can help me zone out when life feels overwhelming.
    Good tips!

  7. Merri Lewis says:

    My favorite forms of self care include: #1 Getting OUT of the house!!! Every week, on Tuesdays, I get a Mom’s night out where I go out by myself and do what I want to do. Usually, that is to sit at Panera, drink coffee and write. (This is my #1 because I have 4 kids and 2 of them have autism/adhd/anxiety. An oxygen mask style break is required!) #2 Read a good fiction book–this is usually at night to help me unwind and stop thinking about whatever may have happened during the day. (I usually only make it through 2 pages before I conk!). #3 Take a bubble bath and keep the water running to drown out all the chaos on the other side of the door! Along with this, is prayer. When my twins were born my OB said to take a bath twice a day to help my c-section heal. I turned those baths into prayer-tubs (lol) and started pouring my heart out to God with the water from the faucet. Last but not least is #4 Sit in the “brown chair” and don’t move. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis which causes chronic underlying pain/ache in my joints and muscles all the time that just drains me as the day goes on. Resting in a comfortable chair with a heating pad or ice packs is one of the nicest things I can do for my joints!

  8. I’ve learned to light a candle when I’m having trouble being present or about to panic on some percieved worry. The little flame and nice smell help interrupt my obsessive thoughts and remind me to stay strong. Thanks for asking. Tood years to learn that trick. Hope it helps someone.