Unfulfilled expectations, loneliness, and insecurity can lead to resentments and isolation. Self-pity is an all too familiar feeling for survivors. Maya Angelou wrote, “Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.” When we sit in self-pity we are surrounded by darkness and powerlessness.
It takes self-caring actions to pull ourselves out of the downward spiral of self-pity. We have the right to not only ask for help from others, but also to ask for help from ourselves.
- Place your hand over your heart,.
- Breathe into your heart.
- Notice your chest expand as you inhale.
- Ask yourself, “What do you need? What can I do for you?”
- Write down the answers.
- Schedule in your calendar fulfilling 2 of the requests.
Affirmation: I am capable of caring for my needs.
Journal Cue: Write about how you can tell when you’ve slipped into self-pity. What helps you to get out of it and pivot your focus towards self-care?
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