I know from experience that it can be so easy to put others before yourself. In the past I have gone to extremes to make sure my friends and family were happy, often putting my own needs aside to do so. But as time went on, I began to feel drained and unfulfilled. It was then that I realized I had been neglecting my own needs.
In order to truly care for others, I needed to care for myself first. So I started to make time for myself each day. Depending on my mood on a given day I may read a book, go for a walk, or take a relaxing bath. Prayer and meditation also help me a lot. I began to prioritize my health I try to make sure that I am eating well and getting enough exercise.
As I began to care for myself, I found that I had more energy and enthusiasm to care for others. My relationships improved, and I began to feel more fulfilled in my own life. It became obvious that by neglecting myself, I was actually doing a disservice to those around me as well.
Through this experience, I learned that self-care isn’t selfish, but rather necessary for a well-rounded life. I encourage you to take time yourself and prioritize your own needs. After all, how can you care for anyone else unless you first care for yourself?
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