Writer’s Wednesday: From Coping to Thriving by Hannah Braime
Self-care has become increasingly important to me over the past several months, as I’ve been dealing with (and continue to deal with) a lot of health challenges. I’ve had to truly learn what it means to put myself and my health first – something that’s very difficult, when you veer towards a Type A personality and want to be able to do all of the things perfectly all of the time.
I struggled with permission. Feeling worthy and deserving of having my needs looked after.
From Coping to Thriving: How to Turn Self-care into a Way of Life by Hannah Braime became an invaluable guide and companion during that journey. I read it slowly over almost 4 months, a little bit each day. Taking small steps, one at a time, while figuring out both what my needs are – and how to meet them.
One of the more difficult things to come to terms with was realizing that self-care isn’t something you can check off your list and be done with – you have to start over every day. But that’s also the beauty of it, that you get to start over every day and work on becoming truly proficient at looking after yourself – which in the end will enable you to be the “best” you.
At its essence, it’s very core, self-care is about identifying and meeting your needs.
Braime guides you gently and with compassion through why self-care is so important – and why we might resist it. Teaches about the difference between coping strategies, short-term self-care and long-term self-care. She covers the essentials of self-care such as sleep, exercise and food and shares an abundance of suggestions to try out.
I truly believe that self-care is (or at least should be) of paramount importance to all of us – even if we often don’t realize it, until we’re in a situation where we desperately need it. If you’re looking for a place to get started I heartily recommend From Coping to Thriving: How to Turn Self-care into a Way of Life.
Do you have any self-care tips?
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