I have a confession to make. The past few days I’ve really found myself struggling with self-care as I’ve been dealing with some migraines.
I have a pretty good daily self-care routine overall. But when I get wiped out with a migraine for a few hours or a day, my self-care routine tends to go by the wayside as I get focused on wanting to get caught up on the hours of productivity that I missed out on.
I didn’t use to have a self-care routine until I discovered the important of taking care of yourself while I was still in the corporate world. It was about 3 or 4 years ago during a time when I was particularly stressed and burned out at my job. I realized I was continually giving, giving, giving of myself without refueling. My mind was also constantly on my work and I couldn’t turn it off, even at home. I started to have health issues and needed to figure out ways to take care of myself.
I tried different things like meditation, visualizations, affirmations, journaling, yoga, different types of exercise until I found what worked for me. I still try different things now as I discover new things and continue to expand my knowledge. But I definitely have learned that taking care of yourself, self-care is essential. It’s giving your best to others. Putting yourself first doesn’t make you self-fish, it makes you self-less. You cannot serve others on empty, I tried that for many years and failed miserably. I actually ended up in the ER a couple of times as a matter of fact.
Take a look at these quotes and see for yourself the importance of taking care of yourself:
"Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you."
"Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause."
"An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly."
"Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day and the rest will fall into place."
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."
"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival."
"Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel."
Do any of these resonate with you? Do you have a self-care routine? Start putting one together and start giving others the best of you everyday.