Taking Care of Ourselves First: An Argument for Self-Care

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Let’s face it, if you’ve had the interesting karma to grow up within a household influenced by cultures other than the United States of American one, you’ve probably experienced the habit of caring for others before yourself. Your mother was probably this way: while you and others in your household were eating scrumptious platefuls of her cooking, she was gnawing away at the flesh left on bones and pits of fruits to give you the “best.” Your father has probably accused you of being “selfish” because you were doing what was best for you and not for the good of the family the way he was working 60-80 hours a week to pay for everything for everybody.

But how can you take care of others when you yourself are not happy and well? How can you have the energy to give when you barely have the energy to get through your day? How can you support others in their struggles when you are ravaged by your own troubles and problems?

If you are able to do it, it’s probably a noble but mediocre attempt because it’s not a 100% effort. Your intentions may be completely whole-hearted and divine but your methods may be flawed. So then what?

You must take care of yourself first!

Nourish your body with enough sleep and rest, nutritious foods and drinks, and physical activity and you will have the ability to get through everything with energy and strength. Take care of your mind by providing it with plenty of chances for problem solving, novelty, and skill building and you will be keen and alert. Feed your soul with meaningful activities, positivity, and goodness and you will shower yourself and those around you with the same.

Do you want to be that grumpy mother who’s snapping every 10 minutes at her family because she is exhausted and unsatisfied with her life? Can you accept your life if you are a father who works so much in order to provide for your family’s needs but you never have the time to spend with them? How long can you go if you are a friend who always supports and helps others but doesn’t allow others to help you?

Think of it this way: when you are well and happy, you can shine like the sun. If you can shine like the sun, you can shine on everyone and everything around you. How wonderful would it be if everyone were to shine?

-UN

2 Responses to “Taking Care of Ourselves First: An Argument for Self-Care”

  1. C says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Thank you for your post ! This is inspiring.
    You can make people happier by being happy yourself.

    Take care !! :)

  2. ST says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Yes, thank you. It’s a good and wise reminder for all of us. Please remember to take good care of yourself too.

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