Welcome to the letter B in the series, the AB…Zs of Self-Care!
It was a gorgeous Autumn afternoon here in Atlanta. I was sitting on the deck with my partner, and the dogs were playing in the yard. They were running and romping, and seemingly involuntarily barking with glee. It was then and there that I decided that Barking (or making noise of any kind) had to be one of the Bs in the AB…Zs of Self-Care!
Too many of us go through life being quiet. Maybe this is because we don’t believe that what we have to say is valuable. Perhaps we don’t want to cause trouble or be a burden to anyone. Maybe we don’t feel safe to make noise or call attention to ourselves in any way.
But finding a safe place where we can bark, speak gibberish, cry, and/or speak our truths, can be liberating. We can gain access to emotions and opinions we didn’t even know were in there. And once they’re out in the open, we can start to understand them and decide how we want to act on them.
It’s also quite healing to make these noises; for us to give voice to parts of ourselves that are rarely if ever heard, whether or not anyone else ever hears them.
So let’s take a risk and take a lesson from Little Bit and Dogberry, shall we? Let’s give ourselves the gift of full self-expression, regardless of what others might think. After all, it’s what we think that matters most!
Other Bs in the AB…Zs of Self-Care: