So, you look at your schedule for the week and you can’t help but to feel automatically overwhelmed. It seems like you have a million things to do and there can’t possibly be enough hours in the day for you to get them all done.
You have to drop the kids off at practice, make it to dinner with your family, drinks with your girlfriends, date night with your partner, work, AND you are trying to squeeze a few bicep curls in between all of that because those Kelly Ripa arms ain’t gonna show up on their own. I GET IT SISTER. I am right there with you. It can all be a lot to handle and it can sometimes feel impossible.
In the midst of all the clutter and chaos, it is SO incredibly easy to put yourself on the back burner. Anyone else guilty of putting other’s needs before their own? Anyone??? Putting other’s needs above your own although selfless, can be detrimental to your relationship with yourself. And that is a SERIOUSLY important relationship! Giving too much of yourself and overcommitting to things and people ain’t the move sis. You have to take care of you!
In the past year, I have done A LOT of work in the self care department. I can honestly say it has really changed my life. It’s tough sometimes to put my needs before others. I am a recovering people pleaser and the word “no” isn’t really in my vocabulary. But making myself a priority not only helps my relationship with myself, but it also makes for healthier relationships with others. I make time to listen to podcasts, enjoy a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) on my porch, cuddle up with my favorite blanket and re-watch One Tree Hill for the millionth time, hug my husband for what some would consider and incredibly extended period of time, or do a facemask before bed. I use these self care tools to refuel and recharge. And when I start to neglect utilizing the tools in my tool belt – it shows. Your self care will probably look a little different than mine. You may want to take a bubble bath or spend some quality time alone. I encourage you to find things that lift your spirit and fill your cup! It is important to feel “full”. You need to feel that way before you can be of help to anyone else.
So, I am here to tell you I get it. You have a lot to do and a lot on your plate. You have projects to complete, classes to get to, laundry to fold, and people to answer to – both big and tiny LOL. But this is just a friendly reminder that you are just as important as the rest of the things on your to do list. And to be the best version of yourself, you have to take care of YOU.
The world needs you, your energy and positive spirit, friend! You have so much to give to the world and to others. You have the power to make a difference! But you can’t give yourself to anyone else if you are completed drained. Hear me when I say you HAVE to take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup!
What will you do to make sure you are taking care of yourself today? Let me know! I would love to hear from you!
All my love,