Making yourself a priority is important.
Part of living a great life is putting yourself on your “to do” list. When was the last time you did something nice for yourself? When was the last time you genuinely played, scratched your creative itch, or signed up for that course you have always wanted to take like music or dancing lessons?
I work with women who are great at taking care of the world and not so good at taking care of themselves. Often they are last on their list.
As a woman, I totally get it the “busy” thing. As women, we know how to multitask. In fact, we have made it into an art form. Here is the problem with all of this. Did you know that multitasking can lead to burnout, anxiety, and depression? According to researcher, David Meyer of the University of Michigan, this is the case.
Not only is multitasking a problem, but it is also accompanied by stress. We are paying a big price for our “stressed out lives” with our health. Let me ask you a question. If you could rate your stress on a scale 1 to 10, where is it? If you answer is a 7 or above, then my next statement is meant for you.
According to Dr. Don Colbert, author and medical doctor, 70% of all doctor’s visits are stress related! We now know that stress can be a major cause of chronic illness and disease. So to avoid a health breakdown, it is definitely time to put yourself back on your priority list!
In this crazy and busy world, making time for yourself and giving yourself permission to obtain a little soul care is not only important, it is mandatory for your well-being! I do not believe it is God’s best or highest plan for your life to be constantly on the go, stressed, over-worked and frazzled. If you literally fall into bed at night, then may I suggest that something is out of order or out of balance in your life. Time to re-think some things.
As Christopher Germer once said, “self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we give to others.” Make yourself a priority. You deserve it! More importantly, you matter to all the wonderful people that you help and serve in this life. They want you around and so do I for a long time!
(Excerpt from my book. Living A Great Life.)