When I started amping up my self care, it was an icky feeling.
I had been so used to putting others’ feelings and wishes ahead of my own that when I looked at how I could better support myself, it took me awhile to figure it out. I thought:
How am I supposed to put myself before everyone else when all I know is to help everyone else?
How could I sit a read a book when there was vacuuming to be done, papers to be marked, phone calls to be made…
There can be a lot of guilt and self-judgment when we start to prioritize ourselves over others. What I’ve learned, though, is that we need to be in alignment and in close connection with ourselves so that we are able to function at our best when we are with others or when we are embracing our responsibilities and going after our dreams.
I know I am a much better teacher, wife, daughter, human when I feel grounded, more present, and more in tune with myself.