You’re no good to no one if you’re not good to yourself first. Living any other way is simply and illusion.

We’re all so busy with the ‘doing’ of life that we forget about ourselves. Many of us have daily to-do lists that are a mile long. We have so much to do that it seems impossible to imagine taking a minute from our busy schedules to focus on ourselves. There’s never enough time for that!

Sadly for the majority of us, it sometimes takes a big life jolt to wake us up to the importance of self-care. For some it’s a sudden illness that gives us no choice but to slow down. For others it’s losing a friend to cancer, or a stress induced heart attack. Sometimes, it’s simply feeling so overwhelmed that you can’t even get yourself out of bed to face the day.

No matter how you get there, at some point, you’ll come to the understanding that in order to live your best life, you have to start treating yourself better.

Most of us already understand how important it is to nourish our body, mind, and soul – so why is it so difficult to do consistently? Is it really just about not having enough time for it? Or is it more about not making time for ourselves? More about putting the needs of others above our own, or about not thinking we deserve it?

Many of us put our children, our parents, our partners, our pets, our jobs….. before ourselves. Throughout our day to day activities and commitments, we continuously put the needs of others above our own until we end up exhausted, or worse ill.

Where do you rank on your priority list? Are you even on the list at all? I’m willing to bet that for most of us, if we even make the list, we are very near the bottom.

When we consistently neglect ourselves, it affects us in many unexpected ways. I don’t know about you, but for me my ‘fuse’ definitely gets shorter. My patience is reduced to almost non-existent levels. I get snippy and quick, and certainly have less empathy and understanding when interacting with others.

Lack of self-care most often leads to feelings of

• Overwhelm and burnout

• Hopelessness and less motivation

• Less energy and reduced productivity

• Increased tension headaches

• Lack of proper sleep

• Binge eating certain foods a.k.a. chocolate, chips, and soda