Taking care of self before taking care of others is a principle that applies in real life situations. For example, listening to the flight crew before takeoff, as they explain how to use oxygen mask and life vest. The oxygen mask is a very good representation of the above-mentioned principle.
I have taken much needed time off to reflect, recharge, and recover.
"Self-care is not selfish. You must fill your own cup before you can pour into others."
With new gained perspective and drive I am ready to continue to serve my community. Here are a few lessons learned during my "time out":
1. Acknowledge your feelings (positive or negative). While all your emotions are valid, they may not be justified. Check if your emotional response matches the circumstance.
2. Self-care is a reminder to you and others that your needs are valid and a priority.
3. Evaluate your friendships (social media vs real friends). Social media time out may help differentiate between the two.
4. Spend time in your own company (the quiet space to reflect and meditate).
5. Entertain yourself (the creative space to practice your skills or learn something new).
6. Giving back to your community (connect with likeminded people, e.g., volunteering).
Reflecting on this time out, I ask myself: What progress have I made? I've found the perfect quote from one of the stoics:
"What progress have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself." ~ Seneca
Take care of yourself!