Hey, you! Yeah, you! Do me favor, please? Take care of YOU. As in eat healthy, exercise regularly, make those appointments that are long overdue, have lunch with friend, take a nap, enjoy a long shower, and just do something that makes you whole. Whatever that may be.
I know, I know. There are about 1,000,001 reasons that your own well-being just can’t be a priority right now. You have family to care for, a job to do, and so much to worry about. It would be completely selfish of you to take even just an hour and/or a dollar to love on yourself, right?
That’s how I have always felt. Anytime I do something for me, I am overwhelmed with guilt. Guilt that I shouldn’t be spending money on myself, even if it is for healthy food and medications that my body needs. Guilt that I shouldn’t be asking for me time, even if that me time is to workout or grow closer with God. Guilt that I shouldn’t be taking time off work to see the doctor, even if I scheduled it ahead of time and have more than enough vacation time to cover the lost time. Guilt when I turn down a request to volunteer my time and talents to a worthy cause, even if I really just can’t mentally and physically handle anything else on my plate. Guilt that I would ever consider putting my needs before those of someone else. Sound familiar?
It’s time to let all that guilt go. It’s time that I start taking care of me and you start taking care of you, and that we take care of ourselves without feeling as though we’re letting anyone down, because we’re not. Truth is, we are probably letting the people in our lives down the most when we don’t take care of ourselves, because when we’re not taking care of ourselves, it shows. It leave us tired, moody, unwell and empty. And you can’t fill a cup from an empty kettle!
So, my challenge for you is to spend as much time taking care of yourself as you do taking care of others. You’re worth it. How will you start taking care of you?