You are the most important person to you.
Is that true for you?
Do you often find yourself putting the needs of others before your own? Do you sense you are stretched, overwhelmed, exhausted, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to create more hours in the day?
You are a loving, caring person who thrives on helping others, and…
If you are not at your best, you are not able to serve others at the highest level.
You deserve to take care of yourself first.
It’s not selfish. It’s self-full. Full of energy. Full of satisfaction. Full of ideas and solutions.
When you are full, you have more to give. You don’t expect your car to run on fumes, yet, that is what many people do to themselves–living life on fumes. How well does that work?
There is a reason flight attendants tell us, in case of emergency, put the oxygen mask on YOURself BEFORE you assist your children.
Women are more apt to fail to take care of their needs.
When women fail to take care of their needs and health, they become irritable, restless, overwhelmed, short tempered, worried, anxious, and the list goes on
Your health is too important to take second place or ignore altogether.
If you want to be of service to others, self-care is the best place to start.
In addition to the physical, mental, and emotional benefits you will receive, you are also setting a great example of Self-Love to those around you. The Mind, Body and Soul/Spirit are all connected. When one of these factors are off balance, your whole body will feel it on some level. In order to nurture all three areas, you need to find ways to recenter and restore. Slowly start to incorporate some of these simple ways to nourish your mind, body and soul/spirit into your daily routine and see how they positively impact your overall health.
How to develop a self-care plan:
- Adequate sleep – No less than 7 hours Bedtime 10 p.m. 2 hours before midnight are critical.
- Food plan – High protein, low carb (no junk food) Eat plant-based food.
- Exercise. The great part about exercise is that there is an activity available for someone at every level of fitness and capability.
- Spend Time in Nature.
- Take a deep Breathe every 30-minutes to avoid oxygen deprivation
- Be Grateful.
- Sing your praise to yourself.
- Eliminate worry, sadness, fear, laments, and all negative thoughts
- Engage in your passions.
- Explore new ways to enjoy your life–new hobbies, activities, etc.
When you give yourself adequate self-care everyone you interact with benefits. You aren’t being ‘selfish’ when you give yourself adequate care, you are preparing yourself to give your best to others.
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