Bluebird Pages
Information and ideas to help you feel better in your life, in your relationships, and in your own skin
Home Sadness/Depression Relationships Food/Weight/Body Image Stress/Anxiety Work Self-Esteem Trauma
Self-Care

Are you at the bottom of the list? It’s time to prioritize yourself

The basics of caring for yourself

It’s ok if sometimes the house is a mess, and other revelations

Remember the feelings faces ~ they’re not just for children

What’s in your way? Track your choices and figure it out

Are you at the bottom of the list? It’s time to prioritize yourself

Today, you took care of your family, took care of your friends, took care of your pets, your work and you home. Good job. But, something might be missing. Do you feel content, healthy and energized? If not, maybe you forgot to take care of yourself. Depending on the demands of your life, it may be impractical to put yourself at the top of the list, but you should be on the list somewhere, and not at the very bottom. Taking care of yourself benefits your physical health and emotional well-being. In turn, this can positively impact many areas of your life, such as relationships, work, and other activities.

Y has spent the last seventeen years of her life focusing on raising her daughter, supporting her husband, working hard at her job, and taking care of her household. Now, with her daughter preparing to leave for college next year, Y has discovered that she has no idea what she likes to do for herself. Her family and work are requiring less of her time, and she is having trouble figuring out what to do with the extra hours in her day. Not to mention, she is feeling guilty about having any time for herself at all, since it’s such an unfamiliar experience.

A packs great lunches for his children, but eats fast food for his own lunch each day. His office has a gym, but he has never used it. He hasn’t slept well in years, but, also hasn’t found the time to do anything about it. Each year, when his doctor encourages him to take better care of himself, A listens and intends to make some positive changes. But, something always gets in the way, and following-through on his good intentions hasn’t happened yet.

If you have children, they will usually be your first priority. But, taking care of yourself is also good for them. If you are content, well-rested, and feeling good, you are likely to be a more calm, fun and reasonable parent. People who are tired, stressed and worn down are more likely to be cranky, irritable and impatient—not the best qualities for good parenting. Also, don’t you want your children to grow up knowing how to take care of themselves? The best way to teach them is by example. If you model self-care, they will learn how to do it, and learn that it is important. In this way, taking the time and making the effort to take care of yourself can trickle down to the next generation. So, it’s not being selfish; it’s being responsible.

Now let’s forget about children for a minute. Regardless of anyone else who may benefit, you need to prioritize caring for yourself because you deserve it—everyone deserves to meet their own basic needs, and to maximize their chances for physical and emotional wellness. So, put yourself on the list as high up as possible, and don’t even consider having any guilt about it.

Are you at the bottom of the list? It’s time to prioritize yourself

The basics of caring for yourself

It’s ok if sometimes the house is a mess, and other revelations

Remember the feelings faces ~ they’re not just for children

What’s in your way? Track your choices and figure it out



BluebirdPages.com was created to provide accurate and useful information about a variety of personal and interpersonal topics. You can also find stories here about people whose life experiences may be similar to yours. BluebirdPages.com is not psychotherapy. Its goal is to provide information and ideas that can help you find your own power over your own life, and move toward greater happiness, comfort and fulfillment.
Home ęBluebirdPages.com Contact