Posts Tagged ‘Self care’

Traveling alone

“Being selfish is self care”. Michael Losier, Author of Law of Attraction

There’s something to be said for traveling alone and enjoying your own company. I understand that I skew towards the I (introvert) on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test, which means I get energy from myself versus from other people. It does not mean I’m shy, quiet or timid, which is what people usually assume when they hear the word introvert. Anyway, now that that’s cleared up back to traveling.

This week alone is what I needed and I’m loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time with Ana and Kate in Madrid and am thankful that they’re here with me, but it was time for me to recharge. Anyone who knows me, can attest to my need to shut down and be quiet or go off alone for a while. I love being in social settings and can sometimes be the life of the party, but there’s always a point where I just need to be.  So this week is that for me.

I love being able to do what I want to do when I want to do it without taking into consideration someone else’s desires, interests, likes, etc. I can be 100% selfish! Some people may feel uncomfortable saying that, but I don’t because I’m doing what I need to do to take care of myself; to continue to grow as a person. Michael Losier describes being selfish as self care. I like this because it sets criteria for positive sefishness. Things you do to aid in taking care of yourself versus doing it to keep it from or to spite someone else.

Remember what they tell you on the the airplane, put your mask on first before you help someone else with theirs. You are no use to others if you’re not healthy yourself. You also can never reach your full potential if you’re always focused on others. There is nothing wrong with taking time to recharge on a regular basis. So practice a little daily selfishness and don’t feel bad about it.