This month as we talk about freedom you’re probably aware that a big part of the conversation around freedom is about helping others have the freedoms we’re blessed with, or about being part of a movement to get freedoms. Part of the blessing of technology today is that even if you can’t physically go or monetarily contribute or do the research to find a cure, you can always sign a petition or share a link on social media. But there’s a part of freedom that’s important to consider as well, one that we often skip over because there are so many people in the world, and our own individual worlds, that need our help. It’s something that can be criticized and to be the most effective does need to be balanced in your life. What is it? It’s taking care of yourself and your freedoms first.
Why is it important to take care of yourself first? Because, as the old story goes, you can’t save anyone if you don’t put on your own oxygen mask first. Taking care of yourself is important whether we’re talking about your physical or mental health, your career, your future or your freedom. If you’re not rested, fulfilled, inspired, cared for or loved, you won’t be as capable of giving to others. Can you still care for others or help them in getting to their goals? Of course, but there comes a time when you’re so drained that you don’t have any more to give. It’s better to take a step back and rejuvenate on a regular basis than give your all all of the time and never take time for yourself. Taking care of yourself and putting yourself first isn’t about being selfish or not caring for anyone else, it’s about making sure that you’re taking the time to care for yourself, not just everyone else.
So as you enjoy your freedoms with your family this summer and do take some time to do some pampering or take some time off, I encourage you to make it a regular part of your life all year long.