Take Care of Yourself by Kayte Deioma AKA Auntie Kayte

Take care of yourself in everything you do.
Take care of yourself and have a positive view.
Take care of yourself and be the best you.
'Cause when you're the best you, you can help others too.

Take care of your health in everything you do.
Take care of your health and you'll feel great too.
Take care of your health and be the healthiest you.
When you're the healthiest you, you can help others too.

Take care of your brain in everything you do.
Take care of your brain and you'll think clearer too.
Take care of your brain and be the smartest you.
When you're the smartest you, you can help others too.

Take care of your heart in everything you do.
Take care of your heart and you'll be happy too.
Take care of your heart and be the most loving you.
And when you love yourself, you can love others too.

Take care of yourself in everything you do.
Take care of yourself and have a positive view.
Take care of yourself and be the best you.
'Cause when you're the best you, you can help others too.
Yes, when you're the best you, you can help other people too.

© 2013 Kayte Deioma

Notes on Take Care of Yourself

I wrote this song for myself, because I need the reminder, and it seems to resonate with a lot of adults. We often neglect our own wellbeing, thinking that the needs of other people in our lives are more important, forgetting that we can only give our best to others when we maintain our best selves. We feel guilty when we make a decision for our own good that inconveniences or hurts someone else, forgetting that our own sanity and wellbeing are our primary responsibility, without which, even our children will suffer.

How much happier are we when we can maintain a balance between taking care of our own physical, mental and spiritual health and being of service to others? Loving ourselves, and loving others?

Discussion points with kids can include brainstorming different things we can do to take care of our health and our brains, how we can take care of our hearts, and why it's important to contribute to our family and society with our best selves. How does contributing make us feel? How is that good for our hearts and our health?