It’s taken me quite a few years (and I’m still learning) to realize that even though I know something should be done a certain way, that doesn’t mean I’ll have the motivation to do it. I’ve also learned that motivation can come AFTER I start doing it, like a ball that I start rolling, just giving it a little push to get the momentum going.
When it comes to self care, I think we all do it to some degree. We put ourselves last, because so many other people need us to get things done for them, but starting to take care of ourselves and keeping up the habit can actually motivate us to keep doing it. When we feel better (physically, emotionally, and mentally) we want to keep that feeling. Once we start that ball rolling, we want it to keep moving.
Pretty much every time I’ve gotten sick in my life was when I was physically, mentally, or emotionally exhausted. It was almost like God, the Universe, and the magical unicorns were forcing me to rest. Sometimes I listened and sometimes I didn’t, which only made things worse. I know now that to stay my healthiest, I have to take care of myself FIRST. You know the saying … can’t pour from an empty wine bottle … or something like that.
By putting off our self care and promising we’ll do it later, we’re only sabotaging our future selves. I know I feel better if I do my regular physical and mental maintenance, even if it means forcing myself to carve out time to do it. I also know that I’ll feel worse if I don’t make or take the time to take care of myself.
Do you stay up too late (especially on Sunday nights trying to make the weekend last longer) then feel awful and exhausted the next day, which means you aren’t getting things done the way they need to be done, which only frustrates you and ends up taking longer?
Are you eating stuff that has little or no nutritional value, because you crave it at the time, but know it’s just going to make you bloated and sluggish?
Are you putting off going to the doctor, because you don’t think you have the time or you fear what they’re going to say?
Are you not doing basic self care like brushing your teeth, getting enough sleep, sucking up some fresh air and sunshine, or bathing on a regular basis, because you’re stuck in a mental rut, even though you know doing those things can actually improve your mood?
Are you overcommitted in every area of your life, with no time to even think, which makes you more irritable and stressed?
Why do we do these things to ourselves? Is it because we’re comfortable in our habits or because it’s just easier not to change?
Help your future self TODAY. Start with your Self Care. You will actually get more done if you feel better and feeling better starts with doing the things you KNOW you need to do for yourself. FIRST.
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