Saturday, February 2, 2008

How to Encourage the Nurturer

"Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." Anon

It's tough being a nurturer. That label comes in all kinds of bodies. You could be a parent, mother, daughter, teacher, health worker, babysitter, grandparent. You are in different stages of life and have gone through all sorts of experiences. You are everyday people living everyday lives.

You care for others and you want to be cared for. Your joys and sorrows are real, as are your feelings...of being tired, worn-out, exhausted, and not just physically. The pressure of having to be 'on' and 'upbeat' never end. You want to be able to keep that enthusiasm for life you once felt.

So how can you encourage yourself or any person that gives and gives with no end in sight? The most reliable way is to take time daily to nurture yourself. The benefits are too great to ignore.

You will have more energy in the long run. Your body fights off minor illnesses and stress faster. You will have more emotional strength to weather life's storms and do your job properly. You will be healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually.

It's not as hard as you think and it's worth it to spend some time and money if you have to. It's more about giving yourself permission to be aware of what you enjoy and then replenish your account with that activitiy.

You can:
Read inspiring quotes--or books--depending on your time limit.
Pick a favorite quote and memorize it.
Take a quick walk outdoors.
Be aware of the healing effects of nature.
Do exercise you enjoy regularly.
Take your vitamins.
Make a list of things you are thankful for.
Enjoy soothing music.
Connect with others that you enjoy being with.
Replenish with 8 glasses of water and a lemon.
Relax with a massage.

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." Lena Horne

You can do it. I can help.
How to encourage

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