It is easy to live life unconsciously hurting yourself in ways that seem subtle, but add up.
These are the small and large ways I deprive myself daily:
I do not drink enough water
I wait until my towels and sheets are seriously past their prime before getting new ones
I hurl myself through experiences sometimes with little attention to the scared parts of me that are there being hurled too
I push myself to seem happier than I feel so as not to bum others out
I push away my anger, hearing my father’s voice: “No one loves an angry girl.”
I skip over little hurts (but they still hurt,) sending the message that they don’t count (but they do)
I don’t take the time to cheer myself for all that I am doing right
I hold off going to pee until it is the last minute
How are you depriving yourself in little and large ways?
Acknowledge that, turn each thing around on itself by identifying the opposite action, and voila! You have a beautiful self-care list!