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Embracing Authenticity - A Guide to How We Should Show Up in The World




Whether you are caring for a loved one, or caring for yourself, the time that we take for ourselves is the most significant gift we can share with others. It is that simple.

Recognizing the importance of self-care isn’t just about taking time off; it’s about cultivating habits and practices that nourish our mind, body, and soul. Whether you engage in a hobby, exercising or practicing mindfulness, these ultimately equip us to give our best to those we care about.

 

In essence, the time, and the effort we invest in ourselves indeed become significant gifts we can share with others because a well-cared-for individual is better equipped to care for and positively impact the lives of those around them.

 

Everything we do during the day touches others. From the barista serving your morning cup of joy to the people in your office, your impact is a ripple effect that others feel. When you react negatively, you may dampen the spirit of others or rile them up to anger. We all have choices on how we’ll react of course, but either way, YOU are the center.

 

Here are some ways you may want to consider ‘being’ as you go out into your world:

 

  • Authenticity: Be true to yourself and your values.

  • Empathy: Practice understanding and compassion for the experiences and feelings of others.

  • Respect: Treat others respectfully and kindly, regardless of their background, beliefs, or differences.

  • Open-mindedness: Be open to new ideas and perspectives.

  • Gratitude: Cultivate gratitude for the people and opportunities in your life.

  • Mindfulness: Perhaps one of my top things to pay attention to during the day – practice being present in the moment and mindful of your thoughts and actions.

  • Self-compassion: Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a friend in need. 

  • Boundaries: Establish healthy boundaries to protect your well-being. When you have run yourself to the point of empty, no one benefits.

  • Balance: Strive for balance in all areas of your life, including work, relationships, leisure, and self-care and caring for others. 

  • Breathe. 

 

By incorporating these principles into your daily life, you can cultivate a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and connection that not only benefits yourself but also creates a ripple effect of positivity and kindness in the world. Remember, self-care isn't selfish; it's an essential foundation for caring for others, too.

 

Hugs,

Cyndi Mariner

Breathing Spaces

 

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