Oftentimes we spend our lives taking care of others and forget the most important person: ourself. You find your days and hours devoted to taking care of family members, taking care of clients and customers and work non-stop to meet deadlines. Work consumes us alive as well as the zillion other tasks we have to get done in our daily lives.
Now how much time you spend taking care of family members of course depends on how large your family is. It can include parents, siblings, your spouse, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, inlaws, etc. If you have a large family, this of course will consume quite a bit of your time. If you have children, you will most often be preoccupied taking care of them. I don’t have any but from what I see, having children is a full time job. From the moment you wake up, until the time you fall asleep there are things that need to get done. Many times, parents forget to take care of themselves, their relationships and the household ends up running on clockwork. The parents forget why they are together.
I remember reading an article in Shape Magazine one day about how a mother of several children managed to stay in shape and remain healthy. Parents who are capable of handling business, taking care of the kids, while staying healthy and happy inspire me. This lady said one of her tricks was to post on her fridge a reminder that her time was also a priority. That her time too was just as important as those of the kids.
That I think is important to remember. No matter how busy you are at work, no matter how many deadlines there are, or how busy you are taking care of your family, do not forget to take care of yourself. Your health is a priority. YOU are a priority. For if you don’t take care of yourself, who will? Do not expect others to take care of you, they are not you.
Once you take care of your physical health, you will realize that this will spread to a better mental health. You will be less stressed and emotionally stronger. Interestingly you will also discover you “seemingly” have more time. Being in good health allows you to take better care of everyone else. Therefore spending a little more “me” time is actually beneficial to all those around you!
Here’s to good health everyone! And remember, without good health (both physical and mental), you have nothing 🙂