Treat Yourself Right – Like You Do Your Own Pet

Best friends boy&dogFew of us would often forget to feed our cat, or repeatedly fail to take the dog out for a walk – yet we often do this to ourselves. If you think is isn’t a big deal, in my opinion, think again!

We are made up of mind, body and spirit, and our body has “physical needs.” It needs to be properly fed, exercised, groomed and cared for in illness … just like we do for our pets!

In treating people over the years, I have found that for myself and many others, it is often a challenge to complete our
daily work and obligations – and then do the things we need to for ourselves after, if we have the time and energy. But as you get sick and depleted, are devoid of energy and drag yourself around, consider what this does to your health and wellbeing, especially over time. Not to mention the message you are sending if you are a role model, such as a parent or a teacher.

Acknowledging that our physical body needs care and maintenance also allows us to have a positive attitude about taking care of ourselves. One that more accurately reflects reality in that we will be able to better care for our families and be a better worker if we are healthy than if we are sick or worn out. We are not shirking responsibility here, but rather taking it. Nor is this an excuse for laziness or procrastination, I’m not talking about idleness but rather about doing your self care.

So give yourself a pat on the back, literally, and take care of your dog and it will take good care of you. By the way, this also works well for the mind and spirit as well. So take care of yourself!

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