A bunch of years back, I was in a networking group with Stacey Joiner. I recently came across her name on the internet and found out that Stacey is a licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor living in South Florida with her husband.
Stacey was kind enough to send me her new book, enticingly entitled You Deserve The Royal Treatment: A Woman's Guide to Living Royally. Stacey writes in a down-to-earth, folksy fashion, like a friend talking to a friend. For that reason, I found it easy to relate to her life experiences and to her gentle yet straight-forward advice.
Stacey asks us women to evaluate some of the the core values and beliefs that hold us back from prioritizing self-care. In addition, she shares that self-care is not an all or nothing proposition. It can include mindful breathing, journaling, meditation, or time spent in nature.
Here are some of her pearls of wisdom:
"Even though modern women are taking on the world, they still don't feel worthy enough to include their own self-care on their list or priorities."
"Treating yourself royally is not about spending exorbitant amounts of money and thrusting yourself into a dungeon of debt. Nor is it about ignoring the needs of others. It IS about expressing your worthiness. "
"Believe it or not, taking care of you actually makes it easier for you to care for others."
"When you neglect your own needs, you essentially invite unwanted guests into your castle, party crashers like illness, anger, frustration and disappointment. And when they knock on your door, they negatively impact you and everyone you hold dear. Don't allow them in."
I think Stacey's book would make a great gift for all the women in your life who could use a friendly reminder of the importance of self-care.
To check out Stacey's book and life's work, go to: http://www.staceyjoiner.com/