But all too often there are a lot of important things in life that we just don't get around to, because we choose other things or we allow a busy lifestyle to get in the way. Taking care of ourselves is one of those things that we must take time to do.
Self preservation runs pretty high on the list of things that we as humans naturally do. When faced with a predator, we will most likely always run away. When extremely ill, we will seek out medical care, or at least the advice of Web MD. If we’re hungry, we usually eat. If we’re dirty, we bathe. These are necessary second nature actions that we take to keep ourselves alive and functioning.
But what about our souls? Do we ever choose to run when the metaphorical predators come around? It doesn’t take too long for us to become unhealthy when stress levels skyrocket, toxic relationships abound, and we serve others to the point of self denial. Unfortunately it is often much easier to take care of the physical and seen needs we have than the needs of our souls and spirits.
- take a nap
- read a book
- go for a hike
- putter in the yard
- visit that new thrift shop in town
- spend time praying and meditating on God's word
- get a massage
Our families and friends do need us, but they need us to be whole and healthy. Everyone benefits when we do things for others out of place of health. We benefit because we are giving from the overflow, and the ones we give to benefit because they get the best of us.
It’s time to stop feeling guilty about taking care of your needs. What can you do today, even for just a few moments, to care for your self?