You can’t do anything for anyone else if you’re not in good condition yourself. The past week had been such a whirlwind for me, emotionally and physically, that I had to take a break from everything. I hadn’t been sleeping too well and my body was really beginning to feel it. I was at a point where my condition had put a block on my ability to do anything creatively, so there was no way that I could complete a post. Now I feel like I’m back to my old self, and I’ve been able to reflect on how important it was to take the time.
Selflessness can be a great thing. It’s a trait that allows many people to be of help to others. While it’s admirable to be selfless in terms of your generosity towards others, it’s not cool to neglect yourself. It’s easy to feel like you’re wasting valuable time on yourself, but there’s nothing wrong with maintenance time. You are just as valuable as anyone else that you plan to help. TAKE. TIME. FOR. YOURSELF.
I’m not “high maintenance” by any stretch of the imagination. It doesn’t take much for me to make it from one day to the next. I don’t require much, and I ask for even less. When I mention “maintenance time”, I don’t mean that you have to go out and throw away money on your physical appearance. I’m talking about the kind of maintenance that will keep your body AND mind going. Sleep. Eat. Reflect.
Make sure that you’re getting proper sleep–your body and mind will be ever grateful. Running around on autopilot is helpful to no one because there’s no way that you’re able to give your complete focus. Along with sleep, you also need to eat regularly. I am very guilty of forgoing food because I’m trying to get something else done. Don’t do it to yourself, you’re missing out on that extra fuel. Lastly, make quiet time for yourself. Take time to reflect and work through the jumbles of your mind. The more you pay attention to what’s going on in your mind, the more in-tune you can be, and the more clarity you will find. Writing is how I reflect–whether it be for a blog post or just to get some ideas down. You’re not able to work through any of your troubles unless you take the time to reflect and find out what they are.
I’m not impressed by bragging about how much I can do while neglecting myself and I have no intentions of doing so. I’m learning to take care of myself. I’m learning that I can’t put my own well-being on hold just so I can work on an assortment of different projects. I recognize that I am no good to anyone unless I am good to myself.
Take care of yourself.