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March is often known for its “madness,” so with this month and the many streams of chaos that seem to come with it, my challenge to you is to love and take care of yourself. In the craziness of life, we often sacrifice our own personal time and needs. We stop investing in ourselves and put too much time and energy into those around us; we seem to settle with the fact that our priorities are negligible. Yes, we love and care for those around us, but why are we so willing to sacrifice our happiness and goals in the process?
To start, stop putting your wants and needs on the back burner. Take some time every day for yourself or reserve some pamper time each week. Read a book, take a bath, go for a long walk, or whatever it is that helps to reset your mind back to its peaceful state. Each day, my “me time” is sipping on my early morning coffee when everyone is asleep; I can just read or think or even catch up on my favorite shows. My daily investment in myself makes me better person for myself, my family, and my coworkers by putting me in a great mindset.
Investing in yourself goes beyond education or career; it means making yourself and your sanity a priority. To become the person you want to be and to lead the life you want, such a commitment is a necessity. This might mean taking more classes, changing jobs, eliminating certain friends, or making a lifestyle change. Do what you need to do so that you continue to grow and stay passionate about your life. You are in control. If you are not in love with your circumstances, you have the ability to change them. This means you should stop overexerting yourself for the people who are not returning that same effort. You cannot pour from an empty cup; fill your own nourishment before that of others. You will never go broke by investing in yourself, but you can lose a lot if you do not.