Fall in Love with Taking Care of Yourself
YOU are THE most important person in the world. That's not selfish, it's critical. Here's why:
You cannot care for others if you cannot care for yourself. You cannot love others if you cannot love yourself. It is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL that you put yourself first. Care for yourself first. Love yourself first. Then you will be able to give others the love and care they need and deserve.
Why do you think when you get on an airplane and they go through the safety procedure demonstration that they instruct you to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then on your child. Because you can't take care of your child if you can't breathe! That's why!
Instinct says, “I must take care of my child first!” Logic says - if you care about your child, you better take care of yourself first because if you don't, you may not be able to give your child the care that he or she needs.
And that's not just on an airplane that has lost cabin pressure. Which, by the way, is an extraordinarily rare occurrence! The same thing goes for parenting in any situation you can think of. The same is true if you are a partner in a love relationship. Even a partner in business. Putting yourself first is not selfish - it’s actually quite the opposite.
Now go have an ice cream, dammit.