Self Care Made Simple.
I have struggled with feelings of guilt when desiring to prioritize my needs. Maybe it is the people pleaser in me or maybe it is the lie that I shouldn’t need things and should focus only on others needs. This type of mindset was something I struggled with for years and left me feeling depleted and frustrated. This depletion spilled over into how I interacted with others and truthfully in the end no one's needs were really properly taken care of.
I am sure you have experienced when flight attendants go over all the safety procedures prior to a flight taking off. I always disliked the part when they tell you “put your oxygen mask on first then help others” came up. It seemed so selfish. It wasn’t until I was outnumbered by my children day in a day out that I realized the wisdom in this statement.
The truth is that if I don’t prioritize my needs then they will not happen. Now prioritizing my needs does NOT mean that there is no sacrifice involved. It means that I have to make my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs a priority in my life because they give me more bandwidth to handle what life throws at me on a daily basis. I cannot control what will happen each day, anyone caring for small children can relate. But I CAN control what I make a priority in my own life. When I finally rejected the lie that prioritizing myself was not selfish, I witnessed so much fruit in my daily life. I quickly noticed that I was less impatient, less reactive and more responsive.
I felt so encouraged and I want you to feel that too…...so here is my challenge for you:
Write down three things you NEED each day to operate at your best. Here are some ideas….
Every small step in the right direction should be celebrated. Know that seasons change and what you need now will evolve and change just like the seasons. I know that if you cave in some time to care for yourself you will notice that it is not only good for you, but good for your family. As they will reap the benefits of your full cup in every interaction they have with you!
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