As a busy professional, the topic of self love can often be difficult to resonate with. It throws up connotations of sitting down with scented candles and getting quiet with oneself. Quite frankly, when there’s a million other things I could be doing, it doesn’t always feel like something I can get on board with. However, whatever we call it self-love, self-care, self-empowerment, the truth is, we know we need to invest time back ourselves so we can continue performing at our best.
Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day and the rest will fall into place.
To be successful in our careers, relationships and life, we must feel and operate at our best. We cannot give to our work or to others if we are running on an empty tank. As an ambitious professional, I know you are committed to delivering your best, but if you are doing so to the detriment of your own well-being, it is a recipe for disaster. I know taking time out for yourself can sometimes feel like a luxury, but if you are burnt out, stressed and tired all the time, you will never be able to perform at your optimum and create the results you desire.
That is where a practice of self care can be so beneficial. It is consciously dedicating time to bettering yourself, filling back up with energy, building resilience and taking time to step out of the fast paced race of life.
Practicing self care is one of the most selfless things you can do. It’s really investing in yourself so that you can give more to others and you can give more towards achieving your goals and creating the life that you truly desire.
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival” – Audre Lorde
A self-care routine comes in many forms, and regardless of what you do, the most important thing is that you have something in place where you are showing up for yourself. For me it means taking time to go to my favourite morning boxing class and having a delicious smoothie afterwards. It’s a sacred part of my day where my only focus is on me.
Decide what self-care means for you and schedule in time for the week ahead to ensure you invest in your most important asset, yourself.
I would love to know, what practice of self-care do you have? Let me know in the comments below what you do to invest in yourself?
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