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How to Move from Empty to Full: Self-Care as an Act of Self-Love



In the loving spirit of Valentine's Day, I want you to see self-care as the ultimate ritual of self-love.


When we consistently prioritize others' needs before our own, we slowly drain our wells of energy, joy, patience, and inner calm. Even if we think we’re doing the right thing in loving someone else, we’re doing ourselves (and them!) a disservice by coming from a place of scarcity. This depletion of our spirits prevents us from giving fully from a place of abundance.


Self-care is the sacred act of refilling our cups so that we can overflow with calm, compassion, and care to give to others. It is the practice of nourishing our body, heart, mind, and soul so that we become a lighthouse guiding others from a place of wholeness rather than lack.


Here are five simple suggestions for infusing your days with small yet powerful acts of self-love:


  1. Carve out some time for quiet meditation, prayer of gratitude, or journaling sessions to set your intentions from a place of stillness. Mornings are a great time to do this; so you can start your day with some peace. But be realistic. Anytime will do!

  2. Prepare your body a wholesome, home-cooked meal using seasonal ingredients filled with love's vibrant energy.

  3. Give yourself permission to retreat from the constant busyness of life into the serene sanctuary of solitude to recharge your spirit.

  4. Release the need to please others or conform to unrealistic expectations.

  5. Remind yourself daily that your worth is not defined by what you give or sacrifice. You are loved exactly as you are.


As we move through this season of love, I encourage you to reflect on how your self-care practices are coming from a space of cherishing your sacred soul. Where do you need more rest, nurturing movement, loving touch, or time surrounded by nature's healing beauty? Listen to your emotional and spiritual needs as much as your physical ones.


If you need support strengthening your self-care rituals or unlearning tendencies of depletion, please call The Lighthouse Retreat. Our team of spiritual counselors and therapists can guide you with compassion on the journey back home to yourself. You deserve to feel whole in body, heart, and spirit. As much as you think others are worthy of love and support, so are you!


Call us today! 📞 (914) 589-7188

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