Do Not Ignore the Importance of Self-Care

Many times the hectic pace of life makes it difficult to do the things we need to do for ourselves. Whether it is time alone, meditation, reading, personal growth, or anything else that fills you up, taking the time for self-care is an important activity that should not be ignored.

Many people are driven so much by things such as money, success, recognition, even caring for others such as family and friends, that they forget the importance of relationships not just with others, but with themselves. What I mean by a relationship with yourself is taking the time to fully engage in fulfilling activities that replenish you, replenish your spirit, and allow you to be filled up.

When you are really “filled up” you are actually in a much better position to be successful in those other areas that drive you. Think about it. There has probably been at least one point in your life where you have felt overwhelmed by something. Stress at work, illness, kids, your spouse – these are all things that most of us will experience at some point in life, and the better prepared you are emotionally, physically and spiritually, the better you are able to handle these situations.

Having goals of regarding money, success, recognition are great, and it is important that you have goals, but it is also important to remember that there is more to life than just those goals. It is also important to realize that taking time to nurture your own needs will help you not only achieve your goals, but expand your boundaries as well.

For this reason you should not feel guilty about taking time for yourself. You are not neglecting other people or other responsibilities when you do so. As a matter of fact, it is not a zero sum gain when you nurture your needs. Instead, the result is that not only are you more fulfilled, but so are the people around you. The synergistic result can lead to results far beyond what you had originally imagined!

So take fifteen or thirty minutes each day for self-care. Whether you meditate, write in a journal, listen to an audio book or podcast, watch a video, doing these things will make you feel better about yourself, make you happier and more relaxed, and help you to become more present in your daily life.