I think one of the biggest things that the year 2020 has taught us is that our health and well-being is of utmost importance. Self-care is more important than ever. And it’s also something that so many people struggle to do regularly.
We tend to get so caught up in our day-to-day lives and the rush of our busy world that we forget to take care of ourselves. For a lot of people, it’s extra challenging to take care of ourselves because we are responsible for taking care of other people. Sometimes we spend our whole days taking care of children, customers, co-workers, spouses or partners, family members, friends, and then there’s no energy left at the end of the day to take care of ourselves.
It’s important to know that when you take care of yourself first, this is not selfish. It’s cliche, but you can’t pour from an empty cup. When you leave your self-care last on your list, you are operating at a reduced capacity throughout your day. This means that when you are taking care of everyone else, you can’t do it as well as you could if you had your own cup filled first. When you pour from an empty cup, there is very little available for the people you are giving to and nothing left for you. When you fill up your cup first, you have everything that you need and the overflow can go to the people that you are taking care of. This means more for you, and more for the people you take care of.
Just think about it. How well do you parent your kids or do your job at work when you are exhausted and neglecting your well-being? Not very well. When you prioritize your own self-care and well-being, you are able to give more. Put yourself first on your list and the people you love and are responsible for will not get less but more than before.
Have you dropped your self-care habits or fallen out of your routine? Take these five steps to revive your self-care routine:
Need some ideas? Check out our list of 50 Easy Self-Care Ideas.
Contributed by Melanie Maxwell, R.H.N.