Self-care should always come first, but don't let this lead you to think that self-care is selfish. It's just you working on yourself to become the BEST version of yourself for others. Self-care is not indulgent. Self-care is real, and it matters—more than you might think.
Hi, there, lovelies. It's been a long time since I did a Monday Motivation post. Honestly, I missed sharing my thoughts, stories, and positivity with you.
Well, today I have a story. And I have this fantastic quote I found on the internet. I don't usually print quotes and put them on the wall, but this one I did. It deserved to be printed, framed, and hanged on the wall, right in front of my nose as a reminder.
Past few weeks, my life was hectic. I went overboard with my work... AGAIN! I worked too much, too hard. Balancing my business, private life, and my family became crazy hard at one point. I was trying to please everyone and be "perfect" all the time. It was the STRESS, forgetting to relax and unwind combined with complete neglecting my NEEDS that lead me to an almost complete breakdown. I convinced myself that I don't have time for morning stretching, quiet coffee with my hubs in the morning, taking a long bath before bed. Even a mindless hour in front of the TV.
Seriously, THAT ignoring myself almost took a heavy toll. My gut started to get worse and worse, and my back pain became unbearable. I was ignoring ME but also those messages sent by my body that I really REALLY need a break. I actually didn't want to let my family down. I didn't want them to think I'm selfish or weak, a sissy, because I needed some time off and some "me time."
But then I snapped. I came to realize if I continue, I'll just break. And if I break, I'm no use to anyone... least to my family.
So last week, I turned off my phone, my social media, and everything related to my business. I completely shut down everything and took the time to relax and take care of myself. I used this time to be with my family. I went for daily walks in the woods, read a book, enjoyed the sun in my backyard with a cup of Matcha Latte... and binge on Chocolate Brownies and Netflix. Yup. I was on a real mental and physical HOLIDAY. For a whole week!!!!
And guess what, although it was pretty scary to just let + I felt selfish and weak, I discovered that nothing "bad" will happen with my business. + I have complete support from my family. Fear was imaginary and all in my head. And saying that you need a break and "me time" is OK!
It's OK to take a time-out of your busy life and all the duties you "feel" you need to comply and just focus on YOU! It's OK to take a break, to rest and take care of your needs. Self-care should always come first, but don't let this lead you to think that self-care is "selfish." It's just you working to be the BEST version of yourself for others.
It's incredible how a few days off and taking care of yourself first can make you feel. I'm recharged, rested, HEALTHIER, and have tons of energy for my business and my family. Hope my story will motivate you and ENCOURAGE you to take care of yourself FIRST.
Until next time, stay HAPPY and healthy.