There is a reason the airlines instruct us to put our oxygen mask on first before caring for others. Without doing so, we would not be able to help those around us. Same goes in our lives and businesses.
When we prioritize ourselves, it often feels selfish or wrong. Truth is, unless we intentionally (re)fill our own bucket, we cannot provide, care or support those around us.
Our needs must first be met and addressed, so that we can be the best version of ourselves for those we love and serve. Perhaps it is selfless to be selfish.
Choosing to prioritize ourselves and our well-being with regards to others may be the ultimate selfless act. A necessary approach to avoiding feeling overwhelmed, fatigued, and stressed.
A little selfishness may be required to ensure we can thrive and continue to give to and for others. Even when that is met with resistance, from ourselves, our families and even our clients, it is a non-negotiable.
For those that have intentionally (or not) perpetuated a belief that we must be selfless in order to serve others, something must change. Removing these types of expectations allows us to feel whole and energized and capable of moving forward.
Today, try seeing how it feels to be a little self-interested when it comes to prioritizing your needs. Remember that choosing self-care, even when it feels selfish, is beneficial to all those you come in contact with, and ultimately the most considerate way to treat yourself and others.