5 Reasons to Put Yourself First

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Personal Development | 8 comments

When life gets busy it’s tempting to put yourself last on the priority list. Maybe you’ve got a deadline looming. Perhaps you have a family member or friend that needs your help.  Maybe you’ve let something go so long it hardly seems important anymore. Perhaps you think you’ll catch up tomorrow, or whenever you finally have the time to invest in yourself.

You’ve got plenty of excuses for putting yourself last, but there are just as many good reasons to put yourself first. Here are just 5 reasons to put yourself first and reap the awesome benefits!

1. Your health depends on it.

Your physical, mental, and emotional health determines your energy, attitude, mood, and success!

Stretching yourself thin to meet a goal is counterproductive. You may meet that short term goal but you won’t achieve your long term goals if you’re not taking care of your long term health- your health, good or bad, always catches up with you.

Make your health a priority if you want to live a great life. You’ll do better, be better, and feel better!

2. Your happiness depends on it.

Happiness is a journey– not a destination.

Don’t put your happiness in tomorrow by making something more important than you today. The truth is you’re not going to be happy tomorrow if you can’t be happy today.

Do something that’s good for you each and every day- find a way to celebrate you!

3. You can’t give it away if you don’t have it.

Give to yourself first and you’ll have so much more to give to others.

When you try to give to others before yourself your energy and ability gets overdrawn and there’s a hefty overdraft fee. Whatever someone else needs from you, chances are you need it, too.

It’s okay to take care of yourself before taking care of others- in doing so you’ll show others you are responsible and trustworthy with their care.

4. You won’t enjoy what you have without it.

The best way to enjoy a great life is to take care of you.

When you put yourself last you can end up too bitter, resentful, or exhausted to enjoy any success you achieve. By putting your goals last, you diminish the value of your goals and you’re less likely to reach them.

Get the most of yourself and your life by investing in yourself first!

5. You’re worth it!

You deserve to live a great life and the only way to have it is by taking care of you!

putting yourself firstImage courtesy of piermario


  1. Thanks for this wonderful reminder that I have to take care of myself, before I can be good at helping others. I’ve become more and more exhausted the past few weeks, and now my health is suffering too. But right now, I vow to change that and take some time away to relax and recharge!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Carrie!

      I sometimes get sidetracked taking care of things for other people and it usually ends with me getting sick or irritable (or both). I’m finding myself pretty exhausted and slightly irritable today after giving my all to work these last few days so I’m cancelling an appointment I have tomorrow and taking care of me! Good luck to both of us getting some much needed rest! :)

      Have a grateful day!


  2. To say “Do something that’s good for you each and every day- find a way to celebrate you!” is so important.
    It helps me to put it, (whatever it is, like yoga or cooking fresh food), on the to do list.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Jewels! And thanks for the idea for the post!

      Have a grateful day!


  3. This was just what I needed. Thank you!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Kim! I’m so glad my post resonated with you!

      Also, I apologize for my delayed reply- I’ve been having some problems getting comment notifications. I do appreciate your comment!

      Have a grateful day!


  4. Very true Chrysta, sometimes things just get too busy and we forget to think about our personal needs. Neglecting ourselves can never bring good things, so I think it is important to know when to put all else aside and start taking more care of ourselves.


    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Mariella!

      It’s funny how many things seem more important than taking care of myself until I find myself overwhelmed, exhausted, irritable and unreasonable! When I take care of myself first I don’t get to that extreme.

      Have a grateful day!


      p.s. I do apologize for my delayed reply. I seem to be having trouble with my comment notifications. I appreciate your comment never the less!

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