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That’s simple advice that people usually say to others, but sometimes can be hard to follow. It’s easy to succumb to the pressures of contemporary life, especially if you’re balancing tons of different responsibilities. I must say, the more hectic life feels, the more important it is to take some time to practice self-care.
My life is usually pretty busy. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate being busy. I almost always have something to do. I hate it. I feel like I can’t stop and smell the roses or take my time to enjoy whatever I’m presently doing. I feel like I can’t entirely relax because in the back of my mind, there’s something that will need to be done. Sometimes I’m so busy with family, relatives, friends, work, or something else, taking care of myself gets put on the back burner. I’m a big believer that it’s fine to sometimes put others ahead of yourself, but sometimes putting yourself first is necessary. If you’re not 100%, then you’re not able to truly help other people. It’s something that I’m working on and getting better at.
It’s about taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s about being proud of who you are. It’s about keeping yourself satisfied with your life. It’s about being happy living the life you want. It’s about building and maintaining authentic connections with the people you love.
Life is a complex marathon. In order to make it to the end, you’re going to have to take care of yourself along the way.
Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at Nourishment Notes about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.