You’ve likely heard the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
But honestly, how many of us take note of it? With busy schedules, what feels like a never-ending to-do list and people wanting our attention, it can be challenging to stay calm.
You can run on empty but only for so long before you snap. Honestly, I get it. I’ve reached burn out and I didn’t feel like myself and I know for a fact that I wasn’t fun to be around. Even now, I have my moments when I am crying out (metaphorically) for some me-time. So, rather than being reactive, let’s get proactive.
It’s time to put yourself first and no, that is not a selfish thing to do. If you want to show up each day and give it 100 per cent, then you need to take care of yourself first. Make self-care a priority. Your wellbeing matters.
If this is unchartered territory for you, start out small. Carve out time a few days this week to have some you time. It could be attending a class, reading, having a bath, going for a massage, a walk or spending time with loved ones. Whatever fills your cup, lock it in. Try to do this for a few weeks and take note of how you feel. Do you feel more energized, focused or present? Chances are, you will or you’ll notice what you were missing out on.
Self-care doesn’t need to be something decadent like a massage at a luxurious day spa or attending a class every day. It can be something as simple as having ten minutes to yourself to enjoy a cup of tea or going for a walk on your own. It simply means doing something which brings you joy and fills up your cup.
Don’t get me wrong, I love getting a massage from time to time but sadly, my bank account couldn’t support it if I made it a daily occurrence. So instead I choose to prioritize my sleep, begin my day with a short yoga practice or working on a project that inspires me and I try to eat nourishing foods during the day. For me, these are little things that make me feel good and that’s what self-care is all about. It’s about the little things.
I’d encourage you to pull out a pen and paper and get brainstorming. Without judgment, answer the following questions:
1. What activities make me feel good?
2. Have I been taking care of myself lately or have I been neglectful? Why?
3. What is one thing I can do today to show myself some love?
4. What days can I make time for self-care?
5. If I had a day to myself, how would I spend it?
You deserve to be the best you can be and that involves making time for you. Do something each day that makes you happy. When you light up, you light up others around you. Happiness is infectious.
Article by Blogger of Becoming Your Ultimate Self, Tash Jarvis