"Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. "
Strong women, busy women, are often so busy taking care of others that they forget to take care of themselves, they can’t find the time - and sometimes, they think it's selfish or even wrong to prioritize themselves.
You've probably heard the analogy "You can't draw water from an empty well." Cliché or not, it's true. It's like putting the oxygen mask on yourself first, then your kids. You gotta do it.
Self care isn’t just important. It’s crucial.
It’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because when we’re busy and overwhelmed, even a small act of self care feels like a luxury. Actually taking time to eat lunch, read or hang out with friends? Somehow that morphs from self-care to luxury and who has time for that?!
The need to take care of ourselves is well documented. Study after study shows we live longer and are happier when we take care of ourselves. We are MORE energetic, MORE productive, MORE creative, MORE resistant to illness and just plain MORE joyful. Who doesn't want that?
Remember, self care is not a reward - it's a necessity!
Just one self-care practice, the practice of gratitude, has at least the following 7 benefits, according to Psychology Today.
- Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
- Gratitude improves physical health.
- Gratitude improves psychological health.
- Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
- Gratitude helps you sleep better.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem.
- Gratitude increases mental strength.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
If you need motivation or encouragement to make self-care part of your daily routine, I hope you'll find it here. We're all in this together.