Many of us received little or no nurturing when we were very young. You may even have a hard time conceiving of the idea. But learning to take care of youself is at the core of healing…
Even if you don’t do much to take care of yourself right now, you started out trying to comfort yourself when you were a child. Although you may have done things that had hurtful aspects, you did find ways to make yourself feel better. Some of those ways may still be helpful to you today.
From The Courage to Heal Workbook.
The three parts of this chapter that I will focus on are: how did I nurture myself as a child, ask others how they nurture themselves, and using the above answers start compiling a list of things I want to do to nurture myself now.
How did I nurture myself as a child:
I used to take a leaf off a tree and hold it.
Pick dandelions and hold them.
I used to collect rocks.
I had a doll.
I would swing and spin.
I would go for walks, especially going barefoot and walking on grass.
I would read.
I would sing to myself.
I would make up little silly songs.
I would eat food outside.
I would watch catepillars and later in the season butterflies; and fireflies late at night.
I would look at big books about animals with lots of pictures.
I would jump rope.
I would stare at the stars at night.
I would ride a bike.
I would play with my brothers.
I would daydream.
I would listen to music; especially 1960s rock and roll, rhythm and blues, blues, and classical music.
So what did you do as a young child to nurture yourself?