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!
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