I Was Stressed and Sad Until I Decided to be Selfish
Have you ever made it to the point where you feel like you just need to get away?
Maybe you have no idea where ‘away’ is, but all you know is that it’s time…
Question: How long should you plan to get away to recharge?
The answer: However long you feel you need to.
Now, some of you may believe this is selfish. But, it’s not. Let me tell you why…
In “The Essential Law of Attraction Collection” by Esther and Jerry Hicks they wrote:
“unless you are selfish enough to care about how you feel, and therefore direct your thoughts in such a way that you are allowing a true connection to your inner being, you have nothing to give another anyways. Everyone is selfish. It is not possible to be otherwise” (p.73).
“Being selfish” can sometimes just mean you are practicing self-care.
Too often we are so freakin’ busy taking care of others– whether it be our children, parents, pets, co-workers, etc. that we forget to take care of ourselves. That was the story of my life until a couple years ago.
Then, I decided to be a little selfish and finally take care of myself.
You know why? I was falling apart…
I was anxious, angry, sad, stressed right out with what felt like every area of life…
I started grinding my teeth to compensate my stress, I was not sleeping well, and so much more.
Was it selfish that I set aside time (and money) to practice/invest in self-care?
NO. Not at all.
My soul was ready for change and I finally listened.
I began to meditate.
I travelled more.
I started saying NO to the things I didn’t want to do, AND without feeling guilty about it.
I invested in training programs. I invested in my own coach.
I began to read and research more and more about the things I was interested in. I invested in a personal trainer because I knew this would enhance my health and mindset.
Selfish? Not at all.
What value did I receive out of this?
1. A greater relationship with myself– I could finally feel proud of all my accomplishments.
2. Healthy relationships with husband, family, and friends.
3. Improved physical performance – increased strength, mindset, and self-confidence.
4. A mind/body/soul filled with love and acceptance (read my previous blog about this here). You will see that this process takes some work, but it is SO worth it.
5. A deeper connection to the universe and all that surrounds me.
I could go on and on.
You see, it’s NECESSARY to take a break every once in a while.
Relax. Find yourself again. Go find your quiet place. Or travel somewhere far and adventure a little. Maybe hit up a nice resort for a week or two. Whatever you want to do is perfectly okay. Just take that break!!!
I’ll end off by sharing the wise words from Oprah Winfrey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfLGR0KYuys