This week with this new year, I hope you made an important decision: the decision to stand up for yourself. We’re all very busy in our day to day lives, each of us have many responsibilities, obligations and people relying on us. But you know who the most important person is that’s relying on you, right?
If you’re not taking care of yourself and making decisions that support you, you can’t fulfill your responsibilities, obligations or help those relying on you. If you’re struggling to finish all your work, take a break! If you’re going through a divorce, the most important person you should be caring for is YOU! If you’re not making yourself, and your health, a priority, your priorities are wrong.
I’ll say it again: if you’re dead because you didn’t care for yourself, you can’t help anyone or make a difference in the world.
So while it is essential that you make sure you’re not being selfish, insensitive, lazy or irresponsible, you do need to make sure that you take time each day to sit and relax, to eat good and healthy food (most of the time), to get some exercise, to play with your kids and be a parent, and to know when to take a break from your work. Know when you need a break and take one!
When was the last time you took 5 minutes for yourself, postponed a meeting a few hours so you could drop your kids off at school, or set in stone a date night for each month with your partner? How about the last time you said “no” to someone? Do one thing each day this week to care for yourself, and put yourself as a high priority in your life in 2014.