priority (n): a preferential rating; something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives
Priority ~ we all know what it means but do you actually allow yourself that “luxury”? And luxury, is it really a luxury to take care of yourself first?
I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. One of my main focuses right now is self care. For me that means eating well, exercising, reading, writing my morning pages, etc. It’s my way of nurturing my soul. Over the course of the last couple of months, I’ve realized the importance of my own self care. Filling up my cup so full that it runs over onto the saucer and I can serve others from the saucer without taking away from myself.
I love coaching around this concept because I’m finding more and more people that do not understand or grasp the concept of self care. Most often people serve others first and don’t have anything left over to serve themselves. Self care is the foundation of our lives. I think of self care like the drum beat in a song. All of the other instruments are wonderful and much needed but without the drum beat, there is no rhythm. Self care is the rhythm for your life.
“Make your own recover the first priority in your life.” ~ Robin Norwood
I know, you may be thinking . . .
If I am already running short on time, then how do I make myself a priority when I have so many other things to get done?
My answer . . .
You don’t have time not to make yourself a priority! Truly! When you make yourself a priority and feed yourself first, you fill up your cup and saucer and can give to others and serve others better. You have more to give!
Start small ~ maybe give yourself a minute between calls or appointments to just stop and breathe in the moment. Ah . . . close your eyes and really feel the breath going in and down, swirling around and exhaling out your mouth. Center yourself. Focus on your surroundings ~ hear all of the noises. Allow yourself to just BE in the moment. Stay fully present for one minute. Do this each day at least 2 times. That, my friend, is only 2 minutes. Start small and then you can add in other ways to feed yourself first.