*New * Self Care Segment
I will be beginning a new segment to my blog!
Every week I will now be posting some kind of information, question, or event that promotes tools and information about SELF CARE.
Self care is a term that is thrown around so much these days.
It seems pretty simple of a concept.. which it is!
However, it is not always understood as deeply as it could be!
Self care = taking care of "self"
"Self" = mind, body & spirit
Our individual take on what is "self care" can and will be so vast.
Self Care to me may be different than self care for you!
These weekly segments will get down in the nitty gritty. Covering many of the aspects/concepts of what self care consists of. Also looking outside the box a bit to learn to notice how others energies and behaviors prevent you from being your authentic "self".
The concept of "GASLIGHTING" and how these behaviors can prevent you from allowing your true, confident self to shine!
What is Gaslighting anyway?
"Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works much better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn't realize how much they've been brainwashed."
Gaslighting is a tool of manipulation for one person to gain control over another/others/a situation .
On a personal note, gaslighting is a newer concept for me up until this past year. I have spent many years subject to erratic behaviors from a former friend I've known for many years. Unbeknownst to me, this person's presence in my life caused chaos and confusion. I was being manipulated and I couldn't even see it. Gaslighters are master manipulators. I always saw myself as a strong and no bull person. But I allowed this individual to caused me to constantly question my self worth.
This pertains to self care because
"self care is WHO and WHAT you surround yourself with".
If you surround yourself with someone who manipulates you and causes you distress... it will be so much harder for you to love and truly care for yourself. Self care is finding the strength to protect your energy.
If you wish to learn more about what is gaslighting and what signs to look out for ... the article below is a great start!