10 REASONS WHY PUTTING YOURSELF FIRST IS IMPORTANT “In everyone’s life there comes a time when you lose yourself. You lose yourself in pain, in passion, in another person, in your daily routine, in your job, in your dreams about the future, in the worries about the present or the grieve about times long past. I, like everyone, got lost along the way, perhaps I was lost just a little more than most people. I was caught up in what seems like a chronic inability to be happy, to live in the moment, because I kept putting everything and everyone before myself, but in the long run, I lost more than I gained and I reached a point of not only physical, but also mental exhaustion that took a long while to recover from.
In light of mental health awareness week (May 14-20), I have decided to talk about putting yourself first and why it’s important that everyone of us, while remaining empathetic, loving adults, learns that taking care of your mental and physical wellbeing is more important than any (social) obligations ever.
First of all, it’s important to realise that, putting yourself first, is not, in no way, ever selfish, but, simply-put, a survival mechanism; we’re exhausted – we rest – we feel refreshed, we’re hurt – we take time to heal – we get better. That’s how it’s supposed to be. But, let’s be honest, we’ve all gone to work with the worst cold in the world, we’ve all pulled numerous all-nighters to meet a deadline, we’ve all attended parties on nights when all we wanted to do was curl up on the couch, eat ice cream and watch TV or just go straight to bed, we’ve all met up with friends, visited our grandparents or watched our neighbour’s cat, because five weeks ago we promised we would. Now, the thing is, obviously there are times we absolutely can’t cancel, there are times we have to dress up, show up and impress, no matter what. But in order to be able to push through these things, we need balance and sometimes, taking a day off of work is just the balance we need. Let’s look at phones, for example – when our phone’s battery dies, what happens? It turns off and needs to be recharged.
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