In the society we live in, it is admirable to be “selfless” and give CONSTANTLY to others.
Parents are applauded for putting their children first, workers are applauded for putting their jobs first, etcetera.
While there is merit to being a good parent and employee, this repetitive praising of “selflessness” contributes to an over-identification with people, and things, outside of ourselves.
You can’t pour from an empty cup.
Serving others, working hard, and practicing empathy is important…but taking care of yourself is more important.
You will only be able to serve others, work hard, and practice empathy if you take care of yourself.
Self-care has been portrayed on social media as fancy spa treatments, $10 green smoothies, and luxury gym memberships.
While hygiene, nutrition, and exercise are critical components to self-care, the real self-care comes down to prioritizing (and paying attention to) our emotional and mental well-being.
It is OUR responsibility to: manage our minds, process our emotions, socialize with others, develop our spirituality and/or belief systems, move our bodies, and nourish our bodies…
Once we are comfortable with taking care of ourselves, we can delegate other forms of care to other people.
Wherever you’re at in your life, take some time to do a quick self-assessment of how well you are taking care of yourself.
What are some ways you take care of yourself?
What areas do you need to improve on?
Remember, you matter too.