Is Taking Care of Yourself Selfish or Selfless?

 

Is Taking Care of Yourself Selfish or Selfless?

Bond Member, Janice

Bond Member, Janice

Summer is over. School is back in session. The normal routine is returning. Before you know it, the holidays will be here. Why not take the opportunity to reevaluate your schedule and carve out time for YOU? People live their entire lives telling themselves they can’t afford to slow down. That doesn’t have to be your experience. Taking care of yourself is NOT selfish. It is selfless.

 
Photo Credit: Jenny Schatzle

Photo Credit: Jenny Schatzle

 

Taking Care of Yourself is vital for personal growth.

If you want to be a better person, you need time and the mind space to evaluate yourself. Carving out time each day where you can clear your mind allows you to focus on where you are now vs where you want to be. 

 

It helps you go from just existing to living.

When every second of your day is taken up by things that “have to get done,” you can start to feel like a hamster on a wheel. You are exerting a lot of energy, but where is it getting you? Existing is working, eating, sleeping and doing it all over again tomorrow. Living is experiencing life and enjoying what it has to offer.

 
Photo credit: Bond Member, Courtney

Photo credit: Bond Member, Courtney

 
Photo Credit: Bond Member, Tiffany

Photo Credit: Bond Member, Tiffany

 

It is the Only Way to Take Care of Others.

In order to help others, you must have the energy and willpower to do so. Where does that energy and willpower come from? It comes from within and requires a healthy mind and body. Taking time to rest and recharge your mind and body consistently means you will have the energy to help others consistently. Avoid burnout by pretending to be strong 24/7.

 

It is a reminder that you are worthy

Do you wish people treated you better? Do you find people push you too hard? Expect too much? It is worthwhile to examine how we treat ourselves. Having healthy limits, telling ourselves we’ve done enough for the day and learning to say, “I’m sorry, but I can’t” will start to reflect in how others treat us.

 
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Photo Credit: Bond Member, Mia

Photo Credit: Bond Member, Mia

 

It can be a path to better physical health.

Taking better care of yourself means mentally, emotionally AND physically. One misconception about physical activity is that it’s hard. Well, it doesn’t have to be. Try viewing physical activity through a lens of self-worth vs punishment.

How can you Take Time for Yourself?

Maybe you are thinking, this all sounds nice, but unrealistic because your life is so busy. We understand everyone’s circumstances are different. Why not start small? Here are 5 ideas. Choose one to incorporate this month.

1.) Time Block Time for YOU

If you have an appointment on your schedule how likely are you to miss it? Give the same accountability and respect to yourself as you do for others. Decide what you can do - whether it’s 10 minutes in the morning, a walk on the beach one a week, or your BOND class every week day. Then, guard that time block the same way you would for an appointment. 

 2.) Wait to turn on your phone.

A recent study showed that 80% of smartphone users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up. That can leave you feeling like the day is running you, instead of the other way around. 

3.) Start your day the same way, everyday.

Decide on a simple morning routine that will put you in charge of the day. Choose one thing you want to accomplish before you turn your phone on or start the family duties, whether it’s stretching, eating breakfast, or reading something positive. This small effort will leave you feeling ready to take on the day. 

4.) Narrow down your list of priorities. 

Too many of us keep too long of a to-do list. This can leave you feeling like you didn’t get done what you needed to. Having that feeling everyday can wear you down. Instead, choose 3 things that HAVE to get done. Write them down on a sticky note at the end of your day and put it in your planner, or on your dashboard or computer. The next day, stick to your list. Get done those three items, and everything after that is a bonus. This feeling of accomplishment will give you more energy. 

5.) Don’t skip your workout.

Your workout is the most common thing to drop when you are busy. But weigh up the consequences. Going to your workout takes 1 hour, or 4% of your day. If you go, you will have more energy, feel like eating healthier, you will sleep better, feel more positive, and have an hour away from your phone, and all the things that “have” to get done. Start viewing your workout like a reward, and you will never want to miss it.

Featuring members during a Bond class

Featuring members during a Bond class

We want to commend our BOND members for taking time for themselves and showing up for their workout. They live busy lives but are the most generous, thoughtful, and positive people we know!

What is one way you want to take time for yourself? Tell us in the comments below. 

 
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