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The Relational Dimension of Self-Care

self-care Mar 21, 2020

The 8 Dimensions of Self-Care framework by LivingUpp™ offers a holistic approach to building a balanced, healthy life. The Relational Dimension of Self-Care focuses on how you connect with others.

In this dimension, you’ll explore your personal relationships—friendships, partnerships, and family relationships.

By enlisting self-care strategies that support this dimension of your life, you'll be able to create more mutually beneficial, supportive and respectful relationships.

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Here are a few self-care suggestions to support the relational dimension:

Choose Your Circle Wisely

Jim Rohn famously said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.”

Think about it: The friends who pop up in your social media news feeds, family members, colleagues -- those you spend the most time with -- directly influence your behaviors, vocabulary, political inclinations, preferences and beliefs.

Be mindful of who you spend time with, and stay connected to your values and personal brand

Establish Healthy Boundaries

The quality of your relationships depends a lot on your ability to establish clear, healthy boundaries.

Every time you willingly accept something that you secretly believe is unacceptable or disrespectful, you're teaching that person that it's okay to do again. And again. And again. 

Even those who are closest to you are not mind-readers, so unless you use your voice to communicate clearly what's okay and what's not okay, it's unlikely they'll know.

This self-care skill can be tricky, so start by practicing boundary-setting within the safety of trusted relationships. Ask for help and support. 

Look for Mirrors

Everyone who comes into your life shows up to teach you something.

Regardless of how long they stay, those who enter your life serve as a mirror, pointing you to your inner work and path for growth. Whenever someone irritates you or triggers you in some way, there's a good chance you display similar characteristics and tendencies. That's why you notice it so intensely. 

The next time someone says or does something that rubs you the wrong way, take a moment to explore why that might be. Have you behaved similarly in that past? Thank them, even if just silently, for pointing you to your work.  

Balancing Giving and Receiving

We talk a lot about giving but don't often acknowledge the important of receiving. Receiving can feel awkward, especially for those who are much more comfortable giving. It takes practice. But receiving is a form of giving because it allows others to experience the incredible benefits that come with giving. Make sure you balance your giving with receiving; that's how to create mutually beneficial relationships.

To strengthen this dimension of self-care, choose your circles wisely, establish healthy boundaries, look for mirrors, and balance acts of giving and receiving.

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