As I sit here and write on an early weekday morning, I can’t help but share the message that taking care of yourself should always be your number one priority. We find value in helping others but I feel a lot of us do not take the time to help ourselves. If you help yourself first, you will be able to better serve others. That’s a win-win to me.
Think about how many times you’ve put someone else before yourself. Think about how many times you’ve said yes to something when really all you wanted was alone time or rest. Think about how different it would feel if you become your number one priority.
I’m sure you’ve all seen the quote, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”, and this is 100% the truth. If you are not taking time out of your day to practice self-care, you will not be your best self. Your best self is not this person who runs around day to day, taking care of to-do lists.
Society tells us that this “busyness” means we are being productive and living with purpose. I don’t believe that busyness equates to either of these things if you are not taking care of yourself or becoming more in tune with who you are.
When you take time to be alone and care for yourself, you will naturally become more self-aware because you are forced to be alone with your thoughts. This will allow to you analyze what makes you truly happy, what makes you unhappy, what you need to start doing more of, what you need to start doing less of.
Don’t be afraid to say no to things. Don’t be afraid to spend time alone. Making yourself a priority is NOT selfish.
The only person whose happiness matters right now is yours. And when you are truly happy, you become a light for others. So go do your thing.