This week, a very good friend of mine asked this question on social media. I instantly thought, “of course I love myself!” But after a minute or two, I realized something… I do love myself, but I probably would have never thought to put myself on a list of things I love.
This, of course, got me thinking. I think it’s interesting that you can love yourself and still not make a conscience effort to take care of yourself. So many of us go through life focusing on everyone else around us. Many of us have husbands and children to worry about. (Obviously not me, but others do.) Some of us have boyfriends that clearly require time and effort. And I’m sure everyone has parents, friends, and siblings that all need some type of attention. Then add to all that, a job, side project (maybe your blog?) hobby, volunteer work, if that’s your thing.. There are dozens of people and things that come before ourselves. But why is that? Why do we find it so
difficult to take care of ourselves, too?
I’m a big advocate of taking care of yourself. I believe that when you take time to nurture the relationship with yourself it can make you a better wife/girlfriend/mother/friend/employee… Or whatever other role you may be taking on. Not only that, but it keeps you SANE.
When was the last time you did something all for yourself? Do you remember how it made you feel? Energized? Refreshed? Whatever the feeling, I’m sure it was a good one.
I’ll admit, even I forget to do things for myself from time to time. Maybe it’s one of those things you have to actually schedule into your week. Write it down in your planer or on your mobile phones calendar. Do yourself a favor and do something just for you. And the next time someone asks you for a list of things you love, make sure YOURSELF is number one.
Let’s talk. Do you take care of yourself? What are some things that you do for you & ONLY you?