A Kind Heart Deserves To Be Rewarded
A kind heart deserves the reward called “self-care.” Donating is not all about providing things for others. Donating is only as important as the time you donate to your welfare! Your heart may already know it instinctively. However, there’s no harm indirectly telling it of all the good deeds done so far.
The Universe offers its positive energy in abundance. There’s enough to balance it between you and other people. Make an effort to do so! To those whom you’ve donated your time will likely say the same. Be reminded that compassion fatigue exists. It occurs when the support you’re offering becomes more of a “damage” to anyone than it is a help. This can only make the situation worse on both ends.
With that said, if you want to continue being compassionate to others, don’t forget to extend compassion for yourself. There’s no limit to kindness, but there is a limit to your body.
The Guide to Self-Maintenance:
Whether or not you give to others first, or give something to yourself first, the essence of it is just like the usual donating—you want to feel good about yourself. And to this, there’s nothing selfish about improving self-maintenance.
Self-care is not an array of activities that help you escape. Remember, you’re not in an inescapable negative space and it’s not a coping mechanism. Happiness is already by your reach, and your donation for yourself is merely affirming it and winding you down so you don’t break from too much fulfillment of others.
Take a step back and breathe. Maintenance doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with you, it’s neither a treatment nor a “healing”. You don’t even need to be in a state of burnout to do it. It’s simply a set of everyday feel-good practices to comfort your mental and physical self. A bit like a pat on the back, really, akin to compassion satisfaction.
Self-care is also a way to ensure continuous high-quality services or donations to other people because you’ll never be taken from the “line of duty”. As they say, “You can’t fill from an empty cup”. Though your angel is happily carrying half the stress, it would still be difficult to help others when you’re bogged down by mental or physical pressure.
In any case, the importance of self-care will never be debatable in the eyes of the Universe as it would make light of your worth. A good practice is to, try visualizing a scale and never let it tip completely on one side. The scale must be in balance.