It’s a concept that many of us are taught ever since we’re the tiniest little beings, yet it seems to be something that all too often gets put on the backburner.
Love yourself. Care for yourself. Dare I even say… put yourself first.
In the time in which we’re living, there’s a heck of a lot going on at all times. We strive for balance. Balance of work and play; of family, friends, and significant others; of going to that place and getting that thing done while never forgetting to stay on top of that other thing. It’s not a secret that it can get incredibly overwhelming. And oftentimes, we get so caught up in trying to stay on top of all of these things that we leave the most important thing in the dust: our own selves.
You have to take care of yourself. Make you a priority. While it might sound selfish, putting yourself first in certain ways will turn out to be one of the most selfless things you can do. Because when you put the effort in to keeping yourself healthy and happy; to constantly strive to be the most positive version of yourself, you will be radiating with the most beautiful energy imaginable. And you know what happens with that energy? You put it out into the world, into everything you touch, everywhere you go, and every person you encounter. That gorgeous energy will be taken in by your surroundings, causing everyone and everything else to feel it, use it, and give out even more positive vibes.
So you know that yoga class you’ve been dying to take? Take it. That juicer you’ve been thinking about buying? Buy it. That consistent pain you feel somewhere in your body? Figure out where it’s coming from; why it’s there. Put yourself on a little detox; eat the natural fruits of the earth. Clear out those toxins that have been accumulating within you, fogging your mind and slowing you down. Eat for fuel, not for taste. Make a personal meditation space. Create something. Be proud of it. Be in awe at what your body can do for you. Wake up and hug your knees. Thank your hands. Walk as if your feet are kissing the ground.
Think of your body and mind as your own child. You would never let that child get stressed out, sick, overwhelmed, and exhausted – not if there was anything you could do about it. And there is. I suggest we all take steps to improving the health of our own bodies and minds, while of course always remembering to care for those around us. We need to love ourselves first, care for ourselves first, and we might just find that to keep those other things in balance is much simpler a task than it used to be.