Have you ever wondered why so many people are drawn to your Instagram feed? What is it about YOU that makes people want to follow you? Or when people ask you directly, what makes you have so much energy, happiness and success?
The answer is actually pretty simple: You inspire them. You’re inspiring, and that’s because you’re living the life you want. You’re taking care of yourself in ways that make you feel good, and that’s what inspires people.
Even if you don’t think of yourself as a particularly inspirational person, there’s no doubt that your self-care routine has inspired at least one other person—maybe even several. If you take time each day to do something nice for yourself, whether it’s reading a book or working out or going for a walk, then that’s exactly what other people need to hear about! People who don’t take care of themselves often feel like they’re missing out on something magical; when they see YOU doing it, they feel inspired to do their own thing too!
When you practice good self-care, you’re sending a message to the world that it’s important to take care of yourself. You’re showing everyone around you that it’s worth it to slow down and focus on your own needs for a minute—even if that means just taking 15 minutes out of your day to read a book or meditate on your balcony.
By being open about your self-care routine, you’re helping other people realise that it’s okay for them too. They don’t have to hide the fact that they need sleep or alone time or a break from their phone—they can just say so. Maybe they’ll even join in on your routine one day!
When you take the time to do something for yourself, it’s important to consider how your self-care routine can inspire others. First, ask yourself: What does my self-care routine say about me? Is it a sign of strength? Or weakness? Are there ways that it makes me feel more confident or helps me be more productive at work? How does it impact the people around me?
The answers to these questions are important because they help define what kind of model you want to be for others. You don’t want to send a message that says “I need all this stuff just so I can get through the day,” because then you’re saying that other people should feel like they need all this stuff just so they can get through their days too! But if your self-care routine is a reflection of your values and beliefs—something that makes you feel good but also helps others feel good too—then that’s a great thing.
Self-care is a wonderful thing. It’s a way to take care of yourself, and it can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. You could take a bubble bath with rose petals, or you could just go for a walk in the park. The point is to do whatever makes you feel good—and if you’re like me, that feeling good is often inspired by other people doing things that make them feel good. My whole business is based on this premise.
So here’s my question: if your self-care routine inspires others, what does that mean? Is it possible that being inspired by someone else’s self-care routine might be just as important as the routine itself? What happens when we choose to make ourselves feel good by watching other people take care of themselves?
I think these questions are really interesting because they get at something deeper than just what we do for ourselves (which is important). They also get at how we see ourselves in relation to others and how we understand our place in the world.
I often think about myself as part of a larger whole—like an individual cell in a body or an atom in an element or a thread on a tapestry—and sometimes I think about myself as separate from everything else—like an individual. Either way, being an inspiration for others is inspiration in itself. It works for me to do more for myself and for others whilst also contributing to change in society as a whole. Think of it like this, most of us can say that there is something we will never do that our parent’s did. That’s change and inspiration right there.
Puja McClymont – certified coach, wisdom teacher, speaker and host of the SELF Care 101 podcast.
As a life and leadership coach, I help mission-driven individuals who are seeking direction, to gain clarity, by expanding their inner awareness through the ancient wisdom teachings of Ayurveda and Yoga; so that they can lead more purposeful and fulfilling lives.
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