My life, before and after “self-care”

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When I first decided that I wanted to really teach supreme self-care, I have to admit I thought it sounded “fluffy”. I can’t just teach “self-care”. Do people really care about that? Is it really that important?

But I kept coming back to it, over and over again. Clearly, I felt so strongly about how important it was in my own life and I was seeing time and time again that it was the driving force behind all the incredible changes my clients were making in their lives.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about WHY self-care matters so much.

What it really comes down to is that self-care is my foundation. It’s my backbone. It’s the fuel for the wild ride that is my life.

Life is crazy, I think we can all agree on that, right?

Things come out of left field.

We are always being given challenges.

We are called to be vulnerable, open our hearts time and time again, and put ourselves on the line for what we care about.

Change is constantly happening, as much as we fight for things to stay the same.

There is so much uncertainty and unknown.

Before I dove deep into self-care, I was unable to handle the ups and downs of life.

I couldn’t handle my body changing, so I freaked out and entered into a 10 year battle with food.

I was scared to take risks, so I stayed in a career that felt “safe”.

I was really disconnected from what I really WANTED, so I lived a life that was “just okay”.

I had low self esteem, so I didn’t really put myself out there with dating, or in other vulnerable situations.

I couldn’t handle a variety of hard feelings like disappointment, loneliness and sadness, so I used ice cream to cope.

As I slowly learned how to deeply take care of all parts of myself, my entire life changed.

I take risks in pursuit of living fully, because I know I have strong foundation (myself, first and foremost) to support me even if things don’t work out.

My relationships are stronger than ever – because I know and love myself intimately, I can experience that intimacy with others.

I know myself and know what makes me happy, so I’m able to create a life filled with what I actually love.

I have the tools to experience all parts of life  – the good, bad and the ugly – without turning to food to cope.

Because I feel a deep sense of self-love and respect, I no longer cling to a “skinny” body to feel those things. This allows my body to change over time without my confidence wavering.

I also love self-care because it’s always evolving and changing. I am learning new ways to care for myself every single day, which excites me.

Establishing exceptional self-care is at the root of so many things we all want. It’s at the root of a healthy relationship with food, a thriving career, beautiful relationships, comfort within our ever-changing bodies, and feeling confident and resilient as we go through life.

I am so so excited to invite you to dive a little deeper into self-care in my new Master Your Life Challenge. This is a totally free 8 day journey for you to experience what self-care really looks like.

Hundreds of you have already signed up and the Facebook community is bustling!

I would absolutely love to have you join. We begin next week.

Here’s where you can read all the details and get signed up.

If you have any questions, just email me at jamie@jamiemendell.com and we are happy to help you out!

Lots of love,
Jamie

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  1. Victoria Berry-Jeremie says:

    Great content! I’ve just returned to the concept ‘intuitive eating’: I’ve dabbled before but always with just one foot in the process and never fully given myself over to it; you have inspired me to really embrace it and approach it with more honesty, patience and faith! I came across this great article relating to self care which gives another perspective on this topic which might be helpful to anyone struggling with negative feelings (and it’s also really wittily written!) – https://www.facebook.com/Upworthy/posts/1414447525262768

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