There will always be something else to do, something more important to take care of, somebody else to put our energy into. The to-do lists will always be never ending – but what is the cost?
One thing you need to remember is – Self care is not selfish.
We often feel guilty if we take a few moments for ourselves, when you could easily think of 100 other things you could be spending your time doing. I know for myself, being a parent, being a husband, running a few businesses – it can get a bit overwhelming. But when I don’t take care of myself, I’m honestly no good at taking care of anything or anybody else around me.
Now this doesn’t necessarily mean you should go have an hour long massage every day and skip picking your kids up from school or ditch an important meeting. Self care can mean taking 10 mins to meditate, taking a quick walk around the block or simply walking away for a few minutes. Essentially, self care is anything that allows you to maintain your emotional, physical and mental well-being. It’s purpose is to help you feel aligned, balanced, healthy and ready to take on your life. Whatever your lifestyle allows on a daily basis, learn to prioritize taking a few moments in the day for yourself. Once you see the difference in your energy and mindset, this shift should allow you to create space each day for your needs.
[Interested in my experience prioritizing self care? Listen to Project Life’s Episode 009: Filling Up Our Own Bucket]
Learning to prioritize time spent on myself has not been easy, but it’s something I’m working towards. One thing I have noticed is when I spend the time caring for myself and showing up for myself, I do a much better job of showing up for others. Once I began taking those moments, there was a shift in my energy and I felt so much more fulfilled – ready to take on whatever else the day was going to throw at me.
Now how do we begin to prioritize self care? Focus on how you feel afterwards, what you’re able to bring to the table when you feel fulfilled and how this shift within yourself affects others around you. And always remember – Self care is not selfish.
What works for you? Comment below and share your tips for filling up your own bucket.
Mike Watts is an entrepreneur, speaker, husband, and father.
Before becoming an all around badass by radically reinventing his own life, he used to work for Phillip Morris. Today, he shows business owners how to expand their choices, do less and create the financial lives they want.