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My Word for 2022 … Nurture

For the past few years instead of making New Year’s Resolutions I know I won’t keep I’ve jumped on the Word of the Year bandwagon.  It makes things so much simpler and you know I’m all about simplifying pretty much every part of my life.

I didn’t have any words in mind a few days before the end of 2021 so I “gave it a Google” and found a list of 100-Word of the Year suggestions.

I read them over, waited a few hours, and read them over again.

I wanted a word that described my desire to take better care of myself in the new year; a word that meant I would sometimes put myself first, while also caring for and helping others.

One word popped out.

Nurture

It perfectly describes what I want for myself in 2022.  It means “to care for and encourage the growth and development of someone or something”. That’s exactly what I want to do for myself. 

I want to nurture my physical health by

eating at the table instead of in front of the tv

cutting back on alcohol, salt, and sugar

eating more plant-based foods

moving more and sitting less

I want to nurture my emotional health by

reminding myself that I have a 100% success rate in dealing with rough days

not wasting my mental energy worrying about things that haven’t happened yet and might not happen

continuing to work on the balance between being productive and resting

I want to nurture my mental health by

writing for myself and those who want or need to hear what I have to say

valuing my opinion of myself more than other people’s opinion of me

not second guessing my intelligence and trusting myself more

You hear the “you can’t pour from an empty pitcher” thing all the time as it relates to self-care, but it’s not just the contents of the pitcher that matter.  I wasn’t just pouring all of myself out for others; I was also letting others decide what my pitcher looked like and how I poured it.

Nurturing myself physically, emotionally, and mentally will help me mold my pitcher into what I want and need it to be.   


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