Vulnerability as a true practice in self improvement
In recent years, self-care has become a multi-billion dollar industry, a never-ending self improvement quest and a method of escapism. But self-care isn’t just face masks and $10 green juices.
True self-care isn’t about running away from our problems but walking through them. The oft quoted statement — “wherever you go, you take yourself with you” — is a great illustration of what I mean by this. Self-care is to do what is best for your physical, emotional and mental health and is key to having a positive relationship with yourself. You can’t run away because these problems will only follow you.
One of my favorite methods of self-care is simply talking with someone to get something off your chest. It may sound easy, but it takes courage to be vulnerable with another human being, and the impact it has on your personal well-being in return is invaluable.
HearMe gives you a starting point for that courage, and by just downloading the app, you are taking an important step forward in your self-care journey.
For me, the bottom line is always, will this make you a better person? Will this feed and nourish your soul? Will it make you feel more grounded and connected? HearMe has become the solution to these questions for many, and why people come back to our listeners time and again.
When you let go of what you have been holding on to, you feel lighter, and you become more available for those around you. And that is the power of this self-care practice. By taking care of yourself, you begin to help others as well.
This is why AA has sponsors, and why I like the model so much because it benefits both parties. I have always been honest about my experience with AA but it took me a long time to get to this place. The sponsor model helped as I was able to share my experiences with another and let go of the pain I had been holding so closely. But sponsors benefit as well because they are able to share parts of themselves too. It’s a symbiotic relationship.
When you practice the self-care of connection, you learn about yourself and provide service to others — whether or not you recognize it. So whether you choose to confide in a HearMe listener as your method of self-care or take a walk to clear your head, journal to understand your feelings or exercise, do what it takes to better yourself, one small step at a time.
Originally published December 24, 2019 at https://www.hearme.app.