I ignored self-care for 28 years, and it nearly killed me. The truth is, most people don't have a clue what self-care means. We're not just talking about good hygiene here, people! The crazy thing is that a suicide attempt saved my life. When I woke up in ICU, I knew I only had two choices: try to die again, or get better. Maybe your story isn't as severe as mine: GOOD! Let's keep you from getting there. If you want to know why self-care matters and how it can absolutely transform your life in a powerful way, I'd love to come tell you all about it. For now, here's my Self-Care Manifesto: I am a Recovery Rockstar! I am NOT my diagnosis. I will not wall myself in. Shame no longer gets a vote in my life. I am worthy of love. I am alive. I will not forget how important that is. I will look at the NOW and not the NEXT of a situation. I will find my reason for getting out of bed each morning. I will find what I love, and do that will all my heart. I will respect my limits, take deep breaths, and not cause my anxiety to increase. I can't change it; I can live through it. I will fight through distractions, busyness, and bullshit. I will focus only on things that make me better. The opinions of others will no longer control or define me.