Why you should self-care before caring for others!

Alright, let's talk real talk: The daily demand of being a woman, wife/gf, mom, friend and business woman can be draining. So often we get lost in the consumption of caring for others without thoroughly understanding the importance and need to care for self, that we lose ourselves in the process, and without change, we eventually demolish.

 

We're often quick to extend compassion to others, but how often do we show ourselves that same level of kindness?

Balancing caring for others, running a household, and building our own businesses can feel like a juggling act. But here's the thing: caring for others is ingrained in us, it's part of who we are. The problem arises when we neglect our own well-being in the process.

In the past few years, life's thrown us some major curveballs. That's why it's crucial to show yourself some serious love and make self-care a top priority as you navigate through these changes. Self-redevelopment is an ongoing journey that demands our attention every single day.

Self-care isn't just about the occasional pampering session. It's about intentionally looking after your own health, well-being, and inner peace, especially when times get tough. There are loads of ways to practice self-care, whether it's hitting the gym, praying, or just taking time to unwind with a good book.

Here's the deal: self-care isn't some fleeting indulgence. It's about building a sustainable routine that boosts your resilience and overall well-being. And when you make self-care a priority, you'll notice improvements across the board – from your physical health to your relationships and even how you handle stress. So, go ahead, give yourself the TLC you deserve.

 

Taking a breather and giving ourselves some love and care is seriously one of the best things we can do for our minds, bodies, and spirits. But, let's be real, for a lot of folks, squeezing self-care into our daily routine can feel like a hassle or even scary.

I mean, I get it. Your first instinct might be to say, "I ain't got time for that," or "I've got a million other things to do." But here's the deal: constantly putting everyone else's needs before our own without taking care of ourselves can seriously mess us up. It's like, if we don't carve out some "me time," we end up stressed, down in the dumps, and resentful, which ain't a good look on anyone.

So, yeah, taking care of yourself might seem like a luxury when you're juggling a million things, but it's actually crucial for staying sane and feeling your best. Trust me, a little self-love goes a long way in keeping that sparkle in your eye and pep in your step.

Here's the scoop: research proves that adding self-care to your daily routine is a game-changer. It helps slash stress, lowers the chances of dealing with mental and physical issues, amps up productivity, and puts a smile on your face. When you show yourself some love each day, it sets you up for success, letting you tackle work and relationships with a clear mind and a positive vibe.

Scripture says to, “SEEK ye 1st the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.” — Matthew 6:33

 

When you entrust your life to God, you place Him at the helm, allowing Him to shape and guide every facet of your existence. By prioritizing your relationship with Him, you pave the way for His purpose to unfold in your life. Self-care isn't selfish; it's recognizing that nurturing your connection with the divine is paramount.

Life is a journey filled with ups and downs; stumbling is inevitable, but it's not the end. Through God's guidance, you can rise stronger, embracing the best version of yourself that He envisioned. No longer should we downplay the significance of self-care, allowing ourselves to be spiritually adrift, mentally fatigued, emotionally drained, or physically unhealthy. It's time to elevate ourselves on the priority list and acknowledge that when we stumble, it impacts not just ourselves but also those we care for.

Yet, amidst the falls, there's solace in knowing that God is ever-present, ready to lift us up. So let's rise, reclaiming our strength and purpose, empowered by the divine support that surrounds us. 

So, if you're looking to reshape your life and live on your own terms, it means investing in your mind, heart, body, spirit, and finances. It's all about giving yourself the care and attention you deserve.

 

Here are 10 Simple Ways you can Practice Self-Care
Beyond candles and bubble baths...

1. Eat healthily and mindfully.

2. Keep track of your accomplishments.

3. Express gratitude.

4. Heal and Gift your inner child.

5. Create a cozy and warm space.

6. Read a book; suggestion: the Bible.

7. Move; Get Active.

8. Unplug from the world.

9. Create something.

10. Build a self-care kit.

 

 

Self-care ain't a one-size-fits-all deal. You gotta tailor your self-care game to fit your own needs. There's no set rulebook on how or when to do it, but just doing something for yourself every day? That's a solid start to forming a good habit.

Written by Nia Saint-Levon

@NiaSaintLevon 

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