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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.

It is okay to say “no.” It is not selfish to make yourself a priority; it is necessary, especially when others are making you an option and draining you. Once I realized this a few years ago, I finally took a step back and reserved time for my needs. It was then that I started to think clearly, feel better, sleep better, and enjoy my job, friends, and social time. Investing in myself helped me land a better job, meet and marry my husband, travel more, finish my master’s degree, and even try creative ventures. When you put yourself at the top of your to-do list, the rest of your priorities will fall into place.

Time is one of the most important gifts in your life, because you never get it back. Stop wasting your time if it is not giving you the life you want and deserve. Your happiness needs to be a priority, not the happiness of others. It is okay to give your time to others, but do not continually sacrifice your priorities, happiness, and peace in the process. Invest in yourself, and it will inspire others to invest in you.

Haley B
FFL Contributor
Haley is a fearless 20-something educator. Though she has lived in both Nebraska and Florida, her true home is in the arms of her husband, Joel. Haley is an avid coffee consumer, a fitness fanatic, a WWE enthusiast, a wanderluster, a fashionista, and a whole lot of sass.