Codependent Sources of Self Care
Self exploration, self inventory, self gratitude, self validation, full creative expression, and spiritual exploration are all forms of independent self care. Being self reliant in your self care allows you to shift your attention away from harmful thoughts that lead to reactive actions. This saves your attention and energy for choosing constructive ways of communicating.
Popular Forms of Independent Self Care
Independent Sources of Mindful Self Care
Building a Mindful Self Care Foundation
Unless you are a child, or need ongoing help with a medical condition, codependent habits can disempower you. If you grew up in a dysfunctional family, it’s recommended to review codependency patterns and see if you need structured support for healing through groups such as Codependents Anonymous (CoDa.) Otherwise, if you are ready for a breakthrough, here are the foundational elements worth considering.
Optimize Biochemical Performance
Your mind consumes the most calories of any other organ in the body at 30%. Eating for clarity, energy, and feeling your best is worth it. Without nutritional support, your mental ability is reduced. Viewing what you eat as a necessary energy source for mental performance is one the highest forms of self care. Honoring the body’s need for exercise as necessary for detoxing through sweating, has a cascading effect of benefits in improving cellular function, energy, and self confidence.
Minimize Negative Mind Wandering
The mind is capable of processing an average of 70,000 thoughts per day. Increasing the percentage of time spent in gratuitous, peaceful, laughter-inducing positivity, makes enjoyment part of your mental habits. The mind prefers thoughts that lead to connection, hence, each oxytocin kick from connecting leads to stronger positive mental habits that facilitate the connection. Being observant of harmful thoughts that lead to reactive negative responses is good towards diverting your attention and energy in constructive ways.
Habitual Self Care Practices
A self designed self care protocol, means you have multiple ways of self soothing, self collecting, and self validating towards empowerment. It doesn’t matter that to meditate, you merely need to stay in the bathroom and mentally meditate for 3 minutes before returning to your work. The more that you understand how your mind and body best operate, the better you can support those needs and build trust in your instincts to choose better, which means you are building self confidence. What are you willing to do to live your best?