How to Take Care of YouDanielle Smith
It is the thing I most frequently forget to do… the thing that consistently falls to the bottom of my list: me. I was recently asked, “when life is overwhelming, when chaos takes hold, what gives?” What hit me like a freight train in the dark was that I didn’t hesitate. I answered before I even thought: it is always me, always my health, my sleep, my eating, my ‘fun’.
Don’t misunderstand I’m the furthest thing from a martyr, and sacrificing myself for the good of everyone else has never been on my ‘to-do’ list. It just happened. When the kids come home with last minute school projects, my work gets pushed to the back burner, so I ‘have to’ stay up late to meet my deadlines. When I feel panicked that I might not ‘get it all done’ I eat on the go, or I skip the gym in favor of finishing my work.
It is much like living on a perpetual see-saw. And I’d like to step off. I know I am better to everyone around me if I juggle the day-to-day in such a way that my needs factor in… Sometimes I simply need a healthy reminder to put myself first.
Here’s a lesson I learned:
How do you prioritize YOU? Share your tips, your challenges, the ways you motivate yourself to be a better version of you?