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Putting Yourself First Doesn't Mean Putting Everyone Else Last

Ladies, I know how it goes. You're juggling a million things - career, kids, household duties, relationships. You're constantly giving of yourself to everyone around you. And often, you end up putting your own needs dead last on the priority list.

By the end of the day, you're running on fumes. Physically and emotionally depleted. You can't keep going like this indefinitely without burning out completely. That little voice inside keeps whispering "You need to take care of yourself too." But then the guilt creeps in. "How can I be so selfish? Everyone else is counting on me."

Here's the thing though - putting yourself first doesn't make you selfish. It makes you smart. You can't pour from an empty cup. When you take the time to refill your reserves, you actually become better equipped to take care of all your other responsibilities and loved ones.

Self-care isn't selfish - it's self-preservation. It's about reaching a balance where your own needs get some time too instead of being constantly dead last after everyone else's needs. Putting yourself first simply means making yourself a priority instead of an afterthought.

It doesn't mean neglecting your family or responsibilities. It just means hitting the "pause" button regularly to check in with yourself and seeing what you need to replenish yourself - even if it's just 15 minutes of quiet time or a hot bath at the end of a long day.

Maybe it's getting up a little earlier to enjoy that coffee in peace before the day's chaos ensues. Or going for a walk on your lunch break to get some air. Or saying no to another commitment so you can actually have a free evening.

These little pockets of time you claim for yourself aren't going to make you a bad mom, wife, employee or friend. In fact, taking the steps to stay grounded and maintain your sense of self makes you better at all those roles. You're putting your oxygen mask on first so you can breathe and be present.

The next time you hear that voice telling you you're being selfish for wanting a break, remember - it's actually the wisest, most loving thing you can do for yourself and everyone counting on you. You owe it to them to make sure you're operating from a place of fullness, not emptiness. Putting yourself first doesn't mean putting everyone else last. It means putting your own needs into the priority mix too instead of dead last by default.