How to start caring about yourself

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Life and Teaching Of The Masters Of The Far East by Baird T. Spalding

In 1924 Spalding published the first volume of Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East. It describes the travels to India and Tibet of a research party of eleven scientists in 1894. During their trip they claim to have made contact with the Great Masters of the Himalayas, immortal beings with whom they lived and studied, gaining a fascinating insight into their lives and spiritual message. This close contact enabled them to witness many of the spiritual principles evinced by these Great Masters translated into their everyday lives, which could be described as miracles. Such examples are walking on water, or manifesting bread to feed the hungry party. These books have remained consistently popular with spiritual seekers, those interested in the philosophy of the East and those who enjoy a good story because of their accessible nature and easy-to-follow format.
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So you bolt out from under the covers and, like a blur, get dressed and go to work. You only get up when nature calls and your stomach yells for food. Time to climb back under the covers…. Sleep, wake up, work. And repeat.

How do you feel today? Most of us have good days and bad days. Days when we feel ready to take on the world, and days when we just want to curl up under the duvet. In fact, one of the most common questions I get from readers is exactly that: How do I start taking care of myself? Many readers worry about self-care becoming just another thing on their already long to-do lists. My suggestion here is to reframe it.

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Self care is critical to your overall well-being, and your well-being is important. Our lives are full of chronic stress.

Self-care, to the rescue! Often-ignored but totally necessary, self-care is any action or behavior that helps us avoid triggering health problems like increasing our risk for heart problems due to excess stress, for example and benefits us by improving our mental and physical health through better self-esteem, less stress, and overall wellbeing. These behaviors help provide balance in an increasingly over-stimulating world. Self-care makes up an essential part of a healthy lifestyle that keeps us healthy, happy, and more in-tune with our minds and bodies. Experts suggest we neglect self-care because it can be tough to make healthy changes and manage stress in better ways. Self-care is also sometimes associated with selfishness and lazy, over-indulgent behavior. This mentality might make us feel guilty for thinking we need to take a break from our lives to do something that, simply put, makes us feel better.

In my early 20s, it was easy for me to become a stressed out mess. I was always being easily affected by other people's "stuff," feeling guilty for doing certain things -- or not doing certain things. Always putting pressure on myself to try to do anything and everything that was asked of me. I was often trying to be putting other people's needs first before mine, because that's the idea I was taught growing up. The idea that "taking care of yourself is selfish" was so embedded in my mind and overall psyche that I had no idea how to live my life in another way. I was a total caretaker -- and a total codependent.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. Last year I realized that I lived twenty-eight years without knowing what it really means to love and take care of myself. My husband and I bought a second home. I fully engaged myself in the improvements and the creativity of decorating a fresh canvas. I ran several races, including a half-marathon, and finished well. I joined a swanky health and fitness club where I could take trendy aerobic classes.

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