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Practising Self-Respect: How Do You Treat Yourself?

respect-yourselfAlthough you may not be aware of this in your everyday life, practising self respect how you treat yourself is critical to your quality of life. Practising self-respect is indicative of how you view yourself. And, showing self-respect keeps your positive feelings about you strong and encourages growth and development



Feeling good about you and demonstrating self-respect are a chicken and egg situation: it can be difficult to tell which comes first. Do positive emotions and thoughts about yourself lead to self-respect or is it the other way around? Your experience will tell you which of these feel most true to you.


Follow these tips to help you increase your self-respect:

Consider your own feelings. Your emotions are at least as important as everyone else’s. So, if you’re uncomfortable, act accordingly on that information. Take your own feelings into account in your everyday life and the decisions you make.

  1. self confidence1Avoid making self-deprecating comments. Such remarks are often used as humour, which can build rapport between people. However, if you’re uncertain about whether you treat yourself with the respect you deserve, avoid making them until you’re sure of yourself. What you say about yourself over and over becomes what you believe.
  2. its-not-selfish-to-take-care-of-your-own-needsTake care of your emotional needs. Self-respect is apparent through the things you do to make yourself comfortable, content, and happy. If a relationship constantly makes you feel emotionally upset or out of balance, perhaps it’s time to do something about it. You are the only person you can be absolutely sure will be there to take care of yourself emotionally.
  3. Acknowledge to yourself that you deserve respectful treatment. This is as simple as it gets. You are a human being and you deserve to be treated with fundamental human courtesies, including respect. Recognize your own value and believe in yourself.
  4. be-respectfulDo not allow anyone to treat you disrespectfully. Be clear that you expect to be treated with kindness and care, whether you’re interacting with a co-worker, partner, or your child.
  • Sometimes, you might think you’re giving someone a break by not insisting on being treated well. However, when you allow others to treat you poorly, you’re slacking on your own self-care and enabling them to practice negative interpersonal habits as well.
  1. give-respect-get-respectBehave in ways that show you care. How you conduct yourself sends a strong message to the world.


  • Taking care of your body, watching the language you use, and refraining from engaging in socially unacceptable behaviours (such as eating or drinking too much, losing your temper, and speaking inappropriately) show that you have a certain measure of respect for yourself.
  • Think of someone you admire and respect. What is it about the person that earns your respect? Strive to emulate this person. You’ll be amazed how your self-respect will grow.
  1. the-3-rsTreat others with respect. In order to treat others with respect, you need to have a clear idea about how to act in respectful ways. Then, you can turn those same responses toward yourself. Make showing respect a way of life. Love and respect yourself and become comfortable in your own skin.


increased-quality-of-lifeTry out some of these strategies for practising self-respect today. As you make these practices habitual, you’ll automatically treat yourself and others in respectful ways. You’ll be amazed at how much your quality of life will increase!

Dance for Relaxation Improve Your Health

model dancingWith summer upon us we should all be looking for fun things to do with friends.  How about dancing? Have you danced lately?  Dance for relaxation improve your health.

Caregivers work tirelessly and need time to relax and recharge their spirits.  Dance has powerful healing effects on the mind, body and emotions.  Dance movements provide healing benefits that help to keep you calm.  Dance is a great way to help keep you in shape.

Here are 10 reasons to participate in dance

  1. You enjoy yourself through dance and keep physically fit. Dance exercises your body to allow for increased circulation. It helps burn calories away while improving your stamina
  1. confidence danceWhen you dance you increase your confidence and self esteem through freedom of movement. Dance elevates your mood by raising your endorphin levels. This allows you to heal stress and depression.  It helps to establish your self-confidence and self-discipline. It improves the harmony between your mind and body, resulting in a sense of well-being.
  2. Dance provides a way to keep your muscles toned your joints healthy and enhances your strength and flexibility. It helps to keep your joints lubricated for the prevention of arthritis
  3. balanced dance postureDance improves your posture and balance. It is a great way to keep your Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System in good shape by improving the connection of your body to your mind.
  4. Dance makes you happy as your personality shines through your expression.
  5. You meet new people and make new friends.  Friends help you grow, make you laugh and support you as you learn.
  6. You improve your overall health.  Dancing has no cultural barriers. People from every corner of the world, with different ideologies, meet on the dance floor. Cultural interaction improves your health by expanding your mind and sharing your spirit!
  1. dance balanceDance improves your balance. Balancing yourself in one position may be easy, but balancing in the numerous types of positions involved in dancing is much more difficult. Dancers have mastered the ability to balance themselves in a number of positions. This strengthens your stabilizer muscles, while protecting your core keeping you less prone to injury in your daily live.
  2. dance to boost memorythDance improves your memory by making you recall steps, routines and dance patterns. This is a great mental exercise for your brain. The big benefit is that increasing mental exercise keeps your mind young, quick, alert and open.
  3. Dance is fun. It encourages good grooming for better health.

This summer, take a load off, go dancing and have much fun.  Embrace time set aside for doing whatever you wish to do.  Go dancing and stay forever young.