Taking Care of Ourselves

We often refer to recovery from codependency and adult child issues as "Self-care".

Self-care, is not, as some may think, a spin-off the "me generation". It isn't self-indulgence. It isn't selfishness - in the negative interpretation of that word. 

We're learning to take care of ourselves, instead of obsessively focusing on another person. We're learning self-responsibility. Instead of felling excessively responsible for others. Self-care also means tending to our true responsibilities to others; we do this better when we're not feeling overly responsible. 

Self-care sometimes means "me first", but usually, "me too". It means we are responsible for ourselves and can choose to no longer be victims. 

Self-care means learning to love the person we're responsible for taking care of - ourselves. We do not do this to hibernate in a cocoon of isolation and self-indulgence; we do it so we can better love others, and learn to let them love us. 

Self-care isn't selfish; it's self-esteem. 

Passage from "The Language of Letting Go" by Melody Beattie.