To Nourish Yourself You First Have to Listen


To nourish yourself, listen to yourself.

What does it mean to nourish yourself?

Well, for starters, when I encourage you to nourish yourself it isn’t just about food. That’s an important part of the equation, but there’s a lot more to it than that.

I like to think of nourishment as what keeps me going. Whether it’s food, silence, companionship, exercise, or any combination of these things, it helps keep me going.  What nourishes me energizes and sustains me, no matter what challenges come my way.

What do you need, to nourish yourself?

Maybe these two quotes will help you expand your thinking:

People need dreams, there’s as much nourishment in ’em as food.
Dorothy Gilman

Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Everybody needs that.
James Brown

The first, most fundamental step in finding time to nourish yourself is getting to know yourself and identifying what you find nourishing.  It’s not going to be the same for everyone.

And it may not be easy to get to that information.  Be patient and open your heart, and it will come.

It’s about YOU:

As you contemplate the things that nourish you, you may first run into a collection of ‘should’s.’  They can certainly confuse things and bring up feelings.  But don’t let them stop you in your tracks – instead, recognize them for what they are: unhelpful messages from your inner critic.

If you’re like many people, you’ll react to those ‘should’s’ in one of two ways: With compliance or with rebellion.

Either way, if you attempt to nourish yourself based on a ‘should’ that is coming to you from your inner critic, you will not be able to sustain it.  Your nourishment will be tainted and you will, soon enough, let it go. And the unfortunate thing is that this pattern may lead to discouragement and a feeling that you ‘can’t’ nourish yourself as you’d like to.

Truly taking care of yourself:

It starts with knowing what you need.

And knowing what you need begins with finding time to listen to yourself. Knowing what you need doesn’t come naturally for many people.  There are tangled thickets of old messages, beliefs and learned behaviors that get in the way. But listen with an open heart and then act on what you hear. You’ll get there, steps by step.

So how will you get started today?

Here’s more help:

We all have voices that chatter at us throughout the day. Your Inner Critic is one of them. Learning to recognize (and counter) this destructive voice is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

You see, the Inner Critic is a negative, debilitating and constant presence in your life.  And it’s not just the words. It’s the judgmental tone, the rolling eyes, and the scolding wag of the index finger. Beyond sapping your energy and confidence, your Inner Critic robs you of time and profoundly distorts how you see others and how you feel about yourself. So, what can you do?

Give yourself a big boost with my Exercise and Guide Book titled “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Save Your Sanity and Your Time! Part of my popular Voices Package, this E-Guide offers simple, practical exercises, checklists and tips for learning to recognize and counter the critical voices that disrupt and hurt you.

“This guidebook is by a secret genius as far as I’m concerned.
Her name is Paula Eder and she is absolutely brilliant
when it comes to how to be in relationship with self and
how to be in relationship with time.”
Heather Dominick

You hold the power to listen and then make conscious choices about the kinds of messages you give yourself. As you exercise this power, you’ll develop new clarity and confidence – and transform your time.

“These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” opens the door and gives you a roadmap, so don’t wait. Click this link to learn more about the Voices Package and get started on your empowering journey today.

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