Forget about your New Year’s goals and resolutions for a moment. Forget about simplifying your life, paying off all of your debt, starting your own business or discovering perfect health. Those are all really great things to go after but just for the next few minutes, set them all aside.
Those are big picture things. Think small instead.
What can you do right now to take really good care of yourself?
What can you do in this moment to be the priority of your own life?
I love these words from Rudy Francisco, “Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us, they know exactly how it should be done.”
The way to so fiercely loving ourselves is by taking really good care of ourselves.
This will be different for everyone, but taking really good care of yourself might mean you …
- Cancel your next appointment.
- Drink a glass of water.
- Go to bed early.
- Schedule a dentist appointment.
- Turn off your phone.
- Take a bath.
- Call your best friend.
- Read a book.
- Declutter your junk drawer.
- Go for a walk.
- Write something down that really pissed you off and tear it up.
- Bake something for your neighbor.
- Do nothing.
- Sit Still.
Often, the solution to our pain is much smaller than we think.
I could list 50 more things and still not include the one thing you need to take really good care of yourself right now. I don’t know what’s best for you. If you aren’t sure or you think you need to change your entire life before you’ll feel happy and cared for, consider this …
Often, the solution to our pain is much smaller than we think. Author, Glennon Doyle says, “I tend toward dramatic thinking. When I have a problem or when I feel icky, I tend to think the solution is: I have to move, and I need a new family, and a new religion and a new house. I need to start all over, everything is terrible. But what I usually need is, like, a glass of water.”
So maybe, simply drinking a glass of water is the one thing you can do right now to take really good care of yourself.
Be the priority of your own life by pausing a few times a day and asking, “How can I take really good care of myself right now?”
Don’t wait until you think you deserve it, or until you have time or money or space or whatever else you think needs to happen before you start putting yourself first.
Because you do deserve it.
Show people how to love you.
Take really good care of yourself.
Be the priority of your own life.