There’s an old saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup – essentially it means that we have to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others.
Self-care is the conscious effort of making time for activities you find beneficial in maintaining your mental and physical health.
Your health is invaluable & your self-care can’t afford to wait. If you keep putting others first, you’ll soon find that you don’t have anything left to give. Sometimes looking after yourself is the best gift you can give to others.
We often talk about self-care, but it can be difficult in a world that values hard work and productivity. While it’s true that sometimes pushing ourselves can be a good for us, something I need to remember is we need to be aware of our personal limitations and aim for a happy medium.
Success isn’t one simple thing.
Healing isn’t linear.
Progress takes time.
As a society, we tend to celebrate the idea of “soldiering on”, pushing through whatever challenges face us. Too often this means expending more energy than what we take in. It’s simple mathematics and mechanics: if the energy out is greater than the energy in there’s going to be a problem somewhere down the line.
Usually, our default mindset is: “Well I’m coping right now, I can just get through the day and deal with it later,” yet so often we put it off again, and again, and again, until one day we reach for our cup and find that it is completely empty. We ask ourselves, “how did it get this bad?”and we wonder why we didn’t do anything about it sooner, but it’s because it happens in degrees. Burnout doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a sliding scale that gets worse the more we continue to neglect ourselves. A small energy deficit here or there can eventually snowball into a crisis if we don’t nip it in the bud.
It is a tricky paradox because the busier you are, the more important it is to take time out for yourself. When your schedule is packed, you probably won’t “have” time to look after yourself, but that is exactly when you need to prioritise yourself & “make” the time.
To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.
Make sure you fill your cup.