Love & Life

Taking Care of You

It's time to let the guilt go and start taking care of you. You're worth it.

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?

 

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Tianna March 3, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    thanks for this lovely reminder! I like to relax, work out, drink tea, read, watch my favorite shows, and get sleep 😛

    • Reply alison March 9, 2016 at 12:39 am

      Those are all wonderful things to do for you :) Especially that sleep one! lol

  • Reply Farrah March 4, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Thank you for this lovely reminder! I’m definitely in the camp where I’ll often try to take care of everyone else before I take care of myself (I think I inherited this from my mom), but I’ve been trying to get better about it! That guilt is the worst though!

    Curling up with my cat, drinking tea, working out, reading, sleeping, catching up with my favorite shows, and spending time with friends/family = my favorite ways! :]

    • Reply alison March 9, 2016 at 12:41 am

      The guilt really is the worst, but for most, the guilt is self-inflicted and we need to get over it. Those sound like wonderful things to do for yourself. Curling up my cats is definitely a fav of mine too! :)

  • Reply Kellie March 5, 2016 at 5:29 am

    I take time to do my yoga, but I don’t eat well and I need to do better. I make my kids eat their fruit every day and their grains, I limit their meat ect… but me. ya, nope. When do I have time to think of myself? I need to make time. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for playing The Pinterest Game.

    • Reply alison March 9, 2016 at 12:42 am

      Keep in mind that leading by example is one of the best ways to instill healthy habits into your kids :)

  • Reply Jen March 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    This is beautiful and such an important reminder. I am trying to give myself a little more quiet time and setting my alarm just a little bit earlier to sit in the sun room and read quietly with my cup of coffee. I just need that self awareness time before the hustle and bustle of the day begins! Seems simple but makes a big difference!

    • Reply alison March 9, 2016 at 12:43 am

      Thank you, Jen! :) That sounds like a fantastic way to start the day. Sometimes just a little quiet is what we need!

  • Reply Pam March 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Women are socialized to put others first and themselves last, but there’s a reason why flight attendants tell moms to put their own oxygen masks on first, in the event of an emergency–you can’t help anyone if you aren’t first helping yourself. This is something I have to remind myself of regularly.

    • Reply alison March 9, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Exactly! We are of no use to anyone if we are not taking care of ourselves as well! :)

  • Reply ashley March 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve been trying to exercise more regularly in an effort to take care of myself – especially after my self-confidence plummeted post-partum! So I love this! When we put effort into ourselves, everyone comes out happier!

    • Reply alison March 9, 2016 at 12:44 am

      So very true, Ashley! I hope you find that self-confidence again! :) And what a great way to take care of YOU!

  • Reply Emma March 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    It’s always good to be reminded of this!!

    • Reply alison March 9, 2016 at 12:45 am

      Indeed! Thank you for stopping by, Emma! :)

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