Often times we put others before our-self. It is not a bad thing to be there for others, but it is a bad thing if we neglect our-self in the meantime. I am very guilty of neglecting myself to be there for others. I have been this way my entire life. It has taken me a few years to realize that taking care of myself is not a selfish act. I admit that I still have to work on this and make an effort of doing so. Many of us feel guilty for taking “me” time. It is selfish and we should be thinking of others first. I am here to say that it should be the other way around.
There is a difference of being self centered and taking time for yourself. Being a person who believes the world should revolve around them is not what I am talking about. I am talking about taking time for you. Pamper yourself. Take a day to spoil yourself. Exercise for your health. Build your energy back up internally by doing something good for you. You can give, give, give to others but if you don’t give to yourself, you aren’t giving your best.
Some people give so much of themselves that they are physically and emotionally exhausted. They have no time or energy to care for themselves. You can’t be successful at giving away pieces of yourself if you are not replenishing it back. The others around you may appreciate you for what you do, but you need to be fully charged in order to be giving your best. You need to have that balance. When you take care of yourself, you have more to offer. When you are fueled with good energy, you have more good energy to give.
Helping others and paying it forward is what this world needs more of. You can be someone making a difference and impacting lives around you, but you need to be giving to yourself in return. Take away the guilt. Take away the selfish thoughts and take time for you! When you give to yourself, you will be able to give more fully to others.