Many of us know the importance of healthy relationship in our lives. But we often forget to consider our most primary relationship of all: our relationship with ourselves. Chances are that the patterns we develop in this relationship carry over to other aspects of our life as well.
I invite you to take a few moments to answer some questions to evaluate the health of your relationship with You:
- How are you taking care of yourself physically? Are you taking care of yourself with exercise, a healthy diet, getting sufficient sleep, and finding time for recreation?
- How are you taking care of yourself mentally? What is the nature of your ‘self-talk.’ Is it usually positive and life-giving, or negative and life-limiting? Do you make consistent time for reading and reflection?
- How are you taking care of yourself emotionally? Do you try to be aware of your feelings or do you tend to ignore them? Do you take time to listen and learn from them? An important part of the journey to self-knowledge involves befriending the world of emotions. Journal-writing can be a tremendous avenue to discovering and befriending your emotions.
It is so important to cultivate a healthy relationship with ourselves. To replace negative thinking with positive self-talk and self-encouragement. To take care of our bodies, the vehicle of our lives here on Earth. And to explore our inner landscape of emotions and learn healthy ways to express and heal them.