Permission to Prioritize Self-Care

“You lied to me!” Mina was angry. I was so taken aback by her outburst that I was momentarily at a loss for words.

It was mid-program, and we had just gotten into the topic of Permission: reflecting on what Mina had learned to prioritize in her life, where she automatically put her attention each day, and how that might be keeping her from putting self-care at the top of her to-do list. I knew that Mina had a lot on her plate. She was in a bad relationship, she was struggling to keep her small gift shop afloat, and she was painfully aware that she was letting her employees ruin her business. She was not taking charge of anything, including her own weight and health, which was her impetus to work with ...

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