Why is self-prioritization important?
- We have to be kind to ourselves and fulfill our own needs if we wish to then extend ourselves and make sure our friends and family are cared about and made to feel seen and heard.
· Self-kindness, mindfulness, and a sense of common humanity are key components for learning self-compassion
- Taking time off to focus on things we like to do for fun or relaxation allows us to recharge and our loved ones experience the best version of ourselves.
- It is common to fall into the fast-paced nature of society and lose ourselves to the demand for high productivity which results in the sacrificing aspects of ourselves that make us feel good and worthy.
- We tend to have an "inner critic" that leads us to believe we are not doing enough or are not deserving of doing anything good for ourselves.
- If we do not practice self-care and find healthy ways to fulfill our needs and wants, we will begin to drain the energy of those around us who we wish to help and care for.
- Stress affects us mentally, physically, and emotionally which can prevent us from enjoying life and can add stress to our relationships and how we interact with our loved ones.
How can we learn to self-prioritize?
- Dedicate 15-30 minutes each day to yourself and what you like to do. You may like to write in a journal, meditate, go for a walk, read, etc.
- Set realistic goals for yourself. Identify 3 goals you want to achieve each day in order to feel a sense of achievement and see progress.
- Be kind to yourself. Speak to yourself in a kind, positive, and loving manner.
- Rest. Make sure to get your 7-8 hours of sleep so you can be the best version of yourself.
- Treat yourself. Do whatever it is you want to do simply because it brings you joy.
- Discover what matters to you. Determine what makes you happy and pursue it.