I constantly feel like my time and attention are being pulled a million different ways. I have school work to finish, business work that needs to get done, laundry that needs to be cleaned, finals that I need to study for, friends that I need to keep in touch with, a room to clean, groceries to buy, bills to pay, and then I go to sleep and wake up to do it all over again. I get buried in my “to-do’s” and forget about taking care of myself.

One of my friends recently reminded me that “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. She could see that I was letting my “business” get in the way of my self-care. If you keep living life with the pedal to the metal, trying to squeeze every drop out of each day, you will drain your “cup” and have nothing left to give. If you have nothing left to give, then you can’t do things with excellence. You aren’t doing anyone, or yourself, any good if your cup is drained.

As women, we tend to have difficulty taking time for ourselves and putting ourselves first every so often. We give ourselves to the people we love whole heartedly. Typically, the times when I show myself the most care are when I am sick and forced to do so. Physically and mentally draining yourself just sets you back from your goals. It is a constant cycle of “emptying” and not enough replenishing. When we are stressed out, self-care is one of the first things we put on the back burner.

I know it is hard to give yourself “me” time when you have so many other things that you could be spending your time on. But, remember, you are useless to yourself and others if you are not taking care of yourself. So, try and “treat yo-self” every once and a while. Take a few minutes out of your day to go on a walk. Watch an episode of The Office on Netflix. Go buy yourself a ridiculously overpriced coffee. Put on your favorite outfit. Or, put on your pajamas! Go to sleep early and get at least 8 hours of rest. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself, because you are worth it!

Chels