Self care is one of the best things we can do for our physical and mental health, but it’s often the first thing to go when we find ourselves strapped for time.
When many of my patients come to me, they often say they are “too busy” or “too tired” to make time for self care — but the times when we feel least able to prioritize self care are the times we actually need it most.
Can I let you in on a little secret?
Feeling perpetually exhausted, run down, moody, and overwhelmed is NOT normal. It’s also not mystifying, unavoidable, or an inevitable side effect of leading a busy life.
May people — women in particular — habitually put the needs of others before our own. As a result, we risk feeling drained and out of touch with ourselves.
The truth is, constantly putting the needs of others first doesn’t do anyone any good. Don’t believe me? Think about the safety speech airlines always give before a plane takes off. In case of emergency, they always tell you to put your own oxygen mask on FIRST, before assisting others. That’s because you won’t be able to help anyone else if your own needs aren’t being met (in this case, you won’t even be able to breathe!).
The same rule applies here. You’ve got to fill up your own cup before you can be there for your friends, family, and all of the important people in your life.
Self care is not “pampering,” as it’s often portrayed. It’s really about meeting your human needs. This could be a need for relaxation, a need for quiet, a need for connection — whatever it is you find yourself needing most in your life. Some people may need an intense cardiovascular workout, while others crave a calming guided meditation. There are no wrong answers here.
Please believe me when I say that your own well-being is a priority. You have human needs that deserve to be met, and meeting those needs is not selfish. It’s actually quite the opposite!
Neglecting yourself and your needs can lead to poor dietary choices, mood swings, sickness, resentment, depression, and a host of other serious issues.
Decide right now that you want to THRIVE. Know that you deserve the best life possible and resolve to show up for your loved ones as often as you can. Give yourself the gift of TIME. Time to meditate, exercise, read, relax — time to use however you’d like (free of guilt!) so you can be your absolute best for yourself and everyone you love.
If you’re not sure where to start, please call my office to schedule a consultation. I would be honored to help connect you with your biological wisdom so you can harness your inner power and become the most vibrant, energetic version of yourself.