We’ve all heard the saying; ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup,’
Rationally it’s very easy to see the truth and logic in the statement.
Yet, do you really prioritise yourself and think about what you need to be at your best?
Learning to prioritise yourself and to claim time for your goals is critical for long term health and happiness.
When life gets busy, personal priorities and self-care may start to feel expendable. Many smart, busy people get stuck in the mindset trap of believing that self-care is selfish or a luxury—something you can get to later.
The way you care for yourself counts and it counts a lot!
Like servicing your car, prioritizing your self-care is what allows you to run smoothly and to bring your best.
The truth is, when your well-being isn’t a priority, just about everything goes downhill.
When you don’t devote time and energy to your needs and your health:
- You have less energy and motivation to follow through on your goals
- You are more easily distracted and less focused
- Stress levels are higher
- Sleep is often impaired
- It’s common to feel deprived, irritable, more easily frustrated, or impatient
- Creativity suffers and life usually includes less play and fun
- Health is negatively affected
When you’re not a priority, you simply don’t function at your best and your ability to contribute to the world is compromised. If you are trying to lose weight or maintain a fitness routine, without really claiming the necessary time and energy for it, you are sabotaging yourself before you even start.
How to start prioritizing your own needs even if it feels like you’re too busy
- Number 1: Start claiming 10-15 minutes a day for yourself. It won’t take away from your productivity, it will increase it.. Use this time to connect with yourself and to pay attention to how you feel and what you need. Soak up some sun, stretch, walk, meditate, have a bath. Try not to save this for the end of the day when you are too tired to move and your brain has stopped working.
- Adopt the following mantras: “I’m doing my best,” and “I can’t do it all.” They are true. Put them where you can see them and remind yourself of them frequently.
- Each evening, identify your top three personal action items for the next day and decide when you will accomplish them. Think do-able. If these daily goals seem overwhelming, make them smaller. A fifteen minute walk that you take is better than a 45 minute one you couldn’t fit in. If possible, knock out your personal priorities early in the day.
- Practice focusing on doing one thing at a time. You won’t get it perfect, but that’s okay, remember step number two; ‘I’m doing my best’, ‘I can’t do it all.’
- Don’t skip number 1 (you’ll probably be tempted).
Learning to prioritise your own needs is a process, but you don’t have to get it perfect to see big, far-reaching benefits.
Try out these tips and keep us posted on your self-care progress.