Take Care of Myself, in gentleness, kindness, and love
I really need someone to ‘draw me a picture’ of what this means. But since it is a little embarrassing to ask people such a thing, I will try to spell it out in simple terms for myself.
Take care of myself: feed me, clean me, dress me, wash me and my clothes, put mysf to be when I’m tired.avoid painful things and people if possible, on a daily basis. Get myself some help with whatever I need help with. Watch over myself. Listen to myself. Draw boundaries for myself. Take myself out for some fun regularly. Let me do things I enjoy regularly. Find myself a new activity that I have never done before that will lead me onto bigger and better enjoyment and fulfillment as the years pass.
Gentleness: approach myself softly, never suddenly. Slowly, making sure I have time to warm up to the ideas you’re bringing. Don’t rush myself. Breathe while I am doing things like washing my hair. Relax my shoulders while I am reading or on the computer or talking on the phone. Have patience with myself. Give myself a moment, all the time. Wait for my reaction. Wait to feel/hear my feelings, let me do one thing at a time. Encourage myself with attentiveness.
Kindness: ask myself what I feel like, what I think. Have patience with myself. Be tactful with myself, praise myself for what I have done or not done today. Think kind thoughts about myself, think about my schedule before I take on other things. Ask myself if I have time or feel like it before I get on the phone or make time for a get together. Give myself some honest feedback. Let myself eat as many cookies as I want. Make myself a super assorted lunch, write myself a kind note.
With love: tell myself I love myself more than once a day. Write myself a note to remind myself that I love myself. Give myself a hug. Massage my own feet, legs, hands, head…