Many of us are givers – people who seek out ways to be of service. To be in balance, a giver must also receive, including from him- or herself. One must fill one’s own cup in order to effectively give of oneself to others.
Emotions are an excellent indicator of whether we are receiving what we need to be effective in service. If you are feeling irritable, angry or frustrated, that emotion is telling you that your cup is less than full. Consider how you can adjust your situation in the short and long term to give yourself what you need. Some questions you could ask yourself are:
- Have I nourished my body physically? Have I been eating food that nourishes me, in the way and the amount that feels good?
- Do I need rest? Do I need a change in activity?
- Would I benefit from alone time? Would I benefit from being with others right now? Would I be supported by conversation with a trusted friend?
- Is there something I enjoy that has been missing in my life? How can I reconnect with that joy?
Nurture yourself, and you will find yourself more easily and effectively giving to others. When your cup is full, you will have plenty to give to others. Make self-care a priority!