I am becoming more and more aware that many of us are not the best at looking after ourselves and at putting our own needs before the feelings of others. In fact I think it’s so common that we don’t even realise that we are doing it or that it’s even ok to not prioritise our needs.
Some of us only attend to our needs when everyone else is happy or when we have pushed ourselves to an extreme so it’s essential to.
It took me a while to understand that it is not selfish. Even when things felt so heavy, it still felt selfish to do what was right for me.
As aerialists I think sometimes we think we chose this weird and difficult life and therefore we are in it for the long haul and we don’t have the right to be looked after too.
Taking care of ourselves could look like:
-Taking care of our body (nutritious food, delicious food, physio, massage, baths, stretching, sleep)
– Taking care of our mind (Taking breaks from work, not overloading calendars, giving time to decompress, social media breaks, talking to someone you trust, meditating, journaling)
– Taking care of our spirit (putting energy towards passion projects, giving time for your creativity, travelling, finding inspirational work, being around people you love)
There could be numerous reasons why we are not prioritising ourselves, but prioritising our needs allows us to flourish. It is not selfish. It allows us to better show up for the people around us and in our goals we are heading towards.
We can get off the struggle bus 💛
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