Where are YOU on your list of priorities?
I get it. We're all busy. We've got a lot on our plates. There are demands coming at us from all angles. Especially as women, we're pressured to be and do everything for everyone and it's overwhelming, frustrating, and exhausting. So we tend to put ourselves pretty low, even last, on our own list of priorities.
But I'm here to tell you: If you don't make yourself a priority, your health and happiness suffer. And everything you actually need to do suffers as a result. You can't show up as the best version of yourself for anyone.
I work with so many women who have the tools they need to make change but continually get frustrated with themselves for not taking action or staying consistent. They think there's something wrong with them, or they're undeserving... when truly, it's because they can't commit because they haven't made themselves a priority.
Simply bumping yourself up on your list opens up space to tune in, learn, and take action on the things that are good for your body, mind, and soul.
-What does it actually mean for you to be "busy"? Are you taking on unnecessary obligations and tasks to match the level of stress society says we need to have? What's on your to-do list or is perceived to be your role or duty, that actually, doesn't need to be?
-What message are you sending to others by not making yourself a priority?
-Why may prioritizing yourself make you feel guilty?
-Are you being too hard on yourself? Are the pressures you feel self-imposed?
I'm not saying to ditch the things you need (or want) to do. I truly just want to spark awareness. Start by evaluating how you're taking care of YOU. Know that it's okay to say no, speak up and be honest about your limits, and ask for help. And if you need to, start small- take ten minutes for yourself daily to do something you love. The more you practice, and see the benefits, the easier it becomes.
Prioritizing and caring for yourself means believing you deserve it, and exploring what you need to be healthy, happy, and as a result, more present, productive, and helpful. Give yourself permission to be your own priority without guilt. - 1 hour ago