Living Self-Care: Our Hearts
Living a heart-healthy life means taking good care of our emotional health and relationships. In short, it is loving ourselves and others unconditionally.
1. Prioritize Emotional Health: This involves making time for self-care but more important believing we deserve self-love. It means saying “yes” to what makes our heart sing and “no” when it’s too much.
2. Trust Inner Guidance: This is trusting what our “gut” is telling us. While our inner voice isn’t 100% accurate, it’s often signaling questions or issues we need to consider. Don’t drown it out with others’ need but listen to what’s coming up.
3. Self-Acceptance: One of the hardest habits is learning to love ourselves wholly with our strengths and limitations. As Melissa Etheridge sings, “There’s no love from someone else if I can’t love myself.” Practice unconditional self-love for optimal emotional and relationship health.
4. Communicate Assertively: Express both positive and negative feelings openly and directly. Don’t attack the other person or passively withdraw. Address problems as they occur. Be respectful and expect the same. If the situation deteriorates, wait until later.
5. Prioritize Relationships: Nurture relationships with time, energy and attention. How often do you stop when you’re busy doing what needs to get done to listen to your child or spouse? Nothing is more important. Relationships are flowers in the garden of life. If you nourish them, they’ll bring much delight. Neglected, they’ll whither.