Sometimes, we're motivated to power through situations to meet a deadline, to prove a point, or because you're "in the zone". But, what about when you're tired, sick, or overwhelmed?
Despite our better judgment, we often still push through these circumstances and become burnt out, of no use to ourselves or others. Why do we do that to ourselves and repeatedly? Is it because taking a break is a sign of weakness, laziness, indifference, or ineptitude?
Two of the greatest enemies of self-care is negative self-talk and comparing ourselves to others. Just because parents are often tired does not mean they can never be exhausted and need to take a break from their children to rest. Just because you're expected to be busy on the job does not mean you can't have too much work to handle. Just because your friend exercises everyday does not mean you are a bum for exercising 3 times a week.
No two persons on this planet are the same physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Each is as unique as a snowflake or fingerprint. So, don't compare your self-care needs to that of others. Stay in your lane. Give yourself exactly what you need to feel fresh, happy, comfortable, and ready for the next moment.
Kelly Nembhard is a certified health coach, Reiki therapist, and aromatherapist with experience as a clinical research professional and developmental biologist. She currently lives in Durham, NC.
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