We are buuuusy. Life can become overwhelming. We might be taking care of elderly family members. We meet the needs of our spouses and families. We prioritize our jobs to build wealth and provide for ourselves and others. We do a loooot of things! It feels like juggling 10 balls in one hand. I hear you; I have often felt that too.
I think we all understand that we tend to take care of other people and outside responsibilities before we take care of ourselves. We know that often we simply don't prioritize self-care. We know we are not putting our oxygen masks on first. We know this isn't healthy for us. We feel like we should know and somehow do better! We know what we SHOULD be doing, don't we? BUT we are just too busy and overwhelmed to make it happen
Do we often feel that if we start with our own self-care first, we are somehow failing others? The emotion comes from the pit of the stomach telling us we must take care of them first. We blame ourselves for not taking care of others, then we blame ourselves for not taking care of ourselves! A vicious cycle for sure.
Time! Time is the sticking point.
"We don't have time to prepare real food, so we grab fast food. We don't have time to work out. We don't take the time to read, to reflect, to nourish our bodies and our minds." - Jean.
We understand time management could be useful to resolve this vicious cycle. We know prioritizing could be helpful. We know consistency and boundaries would be good too. But how to do it?
As I write this, it feels already overwhelming. Don't we often just feel so heavy in heart and mind?
Let's take a deep breath or two and ask; where do we start?
What if we FIRST work on our mindset? What if we just reframe "overwhelm" and ask ourselves:
Please share your answers with me. If you are not sure, let's briefly chat.
For example, my self-care is important to me because I want to stay energized and healthy. I want to stay energized and healthy because I want to walk my talk as a coach and a mom. I want to age gracefully. And more than anything, I want to be an example of making an impact on the health of our world through the health and happiness of my clients. Healthy people = healthy planet. That's what wakes me up in the morning.
Only after we have clarity of 'Why Self-Care', can we plan, prioritize, set boundaries, and feel no shame, blame, or failure.
If you are ready to dive deeper into the subject of self-care, join our upcoming "Self-Care 101" members training. We will cover these five points among others:
February 17th, Friday. 10:30-12 PM CST. Self-Care 101". Register here.
and discover if I can be of support for you to break through pain, overwhelm, and overweight into strength, balance, and power.