Imagine if you will a little girl - let's call her Flossie - skipping to school one sunny morning without a care in the world.
As she skips past a bus stop, she notices something shiny on the ground.
Screeching to a halt a grim of delight lights up her face - a £2 coin lays on the floor and there is no one around to claim it!
Now Flossie is an honest little girl, but with no one around to return the money to or hand it in to, she quickly picks it up and runs as fast as her little legs will carry her to the sweet shop.
She spends all the money on sweets - sweets which are usually rationed to her. She leaves the shop with the biggest bag of sweets she had ever seen in her life!
Such a happy day, until...
Being a generous soul, when she gets to school she shares most of the sweets with her friends, and is happy to.
One of her friends had a chocolate bar and offered half of it to Flossie but despite it being her fave kind of choccie bar she declined. It didn't seem right to take from someone else.
Some people that aren't really her friend take advantage of her good nature and are quite happy to ask Flossie for some sweets.
She tries to say no, but is told she is being selfish, which horrifies her so she gives sweets immediately.
She really wants people to like her so she hand out more sweets to everyone around.
Then, when no one is looking, a mean girl comes and snatches all Flossies remaining sweets away.
All the sweets have gone, and Flossie didn't even have one of them.
She hides in the bathroom and cries, not wanting her friends to see her in case it upsets them.
The joy she had felt finding the money has been replaced by disappointment and resentment, and she feels demoralised and used.
She swears that next time, she will keep her sweets to herself and NO ONE will get any.
How much different it might have been to have taken her share first, and then shared the rest around her friends - saying no to the hangers on.
How much happier would she have been?
If you constantly give and never take then before long, you have nothing left for either yourself or others.
You need a balance - giving to yourself, giving to others, and allowing others to give to you.
Self care is allowing this to happen. Self care is replenishing your emotional sweetie bag.
Self care is replenishing the sweetie bag of life.
A monthly massage, a manny/peddy, a little indulgent treat is lovely and can go towards re-filling the bag, but for real balance you need to give to yourself, say no to those taking advantage and allow others to give back.
If you saw Flossie in the playground, what would you say to her?
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Hi, I'm Jane, and if you're the one that cares for and supports others, that gives and never takes and are exhausted because you put your own needs last, then you're in the right place. It's great to have you here - I hope you stick around!