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  • Writer's pictureJessica Gerlock

Why You Need to Take Care of Yourself First

Building a strong foundation for anything in life is important and you as a human being is no different. Why is it that most of us forget to put ourselves first? Some may call it selfish but self care is very important for success in almost every aspect of your life. If you don’t take care of yourself first not only will you physically and mentally burn out but your relationship with yourself and others will be affected as well. Here are 5 reasons why you need to take care of yourself first:

Good Mental Health is the Foundation of a Good Life

Just like our physical health is important, our mental health is just as important. If you suffer from mental illness it is hard to build and maintain relationships without some extra work. Just like if you were building a house and the foundation of the house was poor, then the whole house would be built on a poor foundation and could be affected in many negative ways. Spend time focusing on improving your mental health daily and make it a priority. Good mental health is the foundation of a good life.

YOU Create Your Own Happiness

Only you can create your own happiness. Nobody else can do it for you. You need to be your own hero and you need to be strong enough to be able to carry on and support those around you. Making better choices and spending more time doing things to better yourself will help you gain self confidence and grow as an individual. Try doing one thing every single day that makes you genuinely happy.

To Become More Mindful

Taking care of yourself first and building a strong foundation will help you become more mindful. Mindfulness, which is described as the practice of being fully present in the moment, can help you be more present and more connected with your emotions and your thoughts. We are living in a very fast paced time now in the world and we need to take a minute and be more present. When you go outside, notice your surroundings. Lift your eyes up from your phone for a minute and live for the moment. You need to take care of yourself first to become more mindful and more present in life.

To Maintain Healthy Relationships

It is extremely hard to maintain healthy relationships if you do not take care of yourself first. Building a relationship with yourself and facing your insecurities and anxieties will help you in the future maintain healthy relationships. It is also important to realize that not everybody deserves a place in your life. Know your worth and you will have the healthiest relationships with people who are supportive of your journey wherever it may take you.

Set An Example

You might have children or others looking up to you so it is important to show them how to take care of themselves inside and out. If you are a role model and children are trying to emulate you then being strong and a positive example is very important. Taking care of yourself physically and mentally teaches people how to treat you and how to treat others. Set an example and spend some time on yourself whether it is meditation, exercise, or even personal hygiene. You don’t know who is looking up to you.

When you learn how to put yourself first, only then will you be able to discover what you are made of. Taking care of yourself and putting yourself as a priority will help you believe in yourself, and give yourself the self confidence to succeed in other areas of your life. You are your worst enemy and your biggest fan. Make better choices and take the time to take care of yourself and your needs.

Stay Strong!

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