Then one day, close to the end of the year, I had a realization. It’s not that I didn’t have time to take care of myself, the real problem was that dedicating time to myself was no longer a priority.
You see, we have 16-18 waking hours in one day. Start paying attention to where you spend your time, and you’ll see what your real priorities are.
Take our jobs for instance. So many of people hate our jobs, and the only reason they’re not doing what they’re really passionate about is because of the money.
That makes money one of our top priorities. We spend, on average, over 50% of our day working for it.
Even if you love your career, if you spend most of your time there, you’re still saying you value that role in that career more than you value yourself.
So is money more important that our wellness & wellbeing??
Don’t get me wrong, money allows us many necessities and luxuries in our lives. But if you can work that hard for money (or anything else you spend your time on daily), then can’t you also find a way to prioritize yourself?
This is especially important for those wanting to manifest changes in their lives like:
- a new career
- financial freedom
- quality time with family and friends
- better health
- clearer mind
All of this can be achieved through regular and consistent self care.
Three years ago, I had big dreams! I wanted to escape the cubicle, have financial freedom, live stress-free, and spend my life helping others.
How could I ever think of accomplishing those huge goals if I didn’t even value myself enough to take care of my own well-being?
The truth is, life only gives us back what we give ourselves. Put another way, how you feel about the things in your life today is only a reflection of how you feel about yourself today.
Change your life by changing how much you value yourself.
I realize that when I succeeded in creating the life I wanted, I started with changing my values and prioritizing myself. And this is what allowed me to soar in every other area of my life.
Two Steps to Prioritizing Yourself
- Schedule it! – I schedule 5 minutes of self care time in the morning and evening. This reminds me to do self care first thing in the morning. However, if I don’t get to do it in the morning, I have another reminder at night before I go to bed.
- Stick to the Schedule and Commit! – Absolutely no excuse should keep you from this commitment to yourself.
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