“Nurturing yourself is not selfish – it’s essential to your survival and your well-being.” –Renee Peterson Trudeau
This is what we often read, hear and something we are always told about. Strangely enough, it is also something we often ignore for many reasons.
It is a common response to feel guilty when one attempts to prioritize themselves. It is because everyone is wired to take care of others first, please them and to set aside their needs. It is a sad reality.
We are guilty of it, too, most of us. We can deny it, but at the end of the day, we would still know the truth. It has gone on long enough. It is time to change this mindset and take care of yourself.
If you are still havings doubts and can not make up your mind why you should consider looking after your needs first, consider this: If you don’t take care of yourself, you will become depleted and burned out you will end up hating everyone, including yourself and lead a miserable life.
Don’t let this happen. You know it is not yet too late, and you can still do something about it. Take care of your body and exercise often. Eat right and sleep well. If you need to take a break, take a break and if you want to go on a holiday, even for a day, go for it.
Do the things that would inspire you to keep going, to work harder, and to try the next day again. Sometimes, you neglect the simplest things, self-care, the most basic of them all, included. Remember that while you draw your strength from the people you love, your physical strength comes from a healthy body and a strong immune system.
By all means, help others and take care of the people you love but don’t forget what you need and do not deplete yourself, lest you become spent and have no time, attention or love left for yourself and everyone else.
Love yourself first and take care of your needs – this way, you would end up having more time to give and love to share. Most of all, it is healthy for your well-being, and that is priceless.