Written By: Saeeda Ruffin
It’s about time for the sisters to make themselves their priority. Women are consummate caregivers and they are known to put their needs on the back burner. While it’s awesome to show so much love and concern for others, it’s extremely important to have that same love and care for yourself. If you are like many, making the commitment to yourself could be a challenge, but trust that it will be totally worth it.
Sis, your self-care is a non-negotiable. It is just something that you have to do. Fill your cup, first! If you are running on empty and void of self-care you will not be able to give as much to others. Everything is affected and impacted when you are not operating at your optimal level. So, start with you and you will have what you need to take care of those you love.
Here are a few ways that you can commit to you:
Commit to owning and maintaining your mental health. Things will go haywire in life at times, and we cannot control everything. Losing that control can put an emotional strain on us. You don’t have to let that overwhelming feeling rule you. Take mental health breaks in your day or whenever you feel that you need them. Don’t worry about what other people think. Your mental self-care matters most!
Commit to learning and growing. When we feel stagnate, whether in our careers, in our homes, or even with our health, it can be very frustrating. Overcome that by giving yourself permission to try new things, to explore, and to reach outside of your comfort zone.
Commit to prioritizing your needs. You may be wondering how committing to you will impact those who depend on you. Well, truth is, you don’t stop being there for them. You just have to stop neglecting you. It's not an “all or nothing” type of thing. You can successfully do both, and you will feel amazing when you do!
Commit to loving yourself, wholeheartedly. Daily affirmations, spa days, binge-watching your favorite shows...do whatever it is that makes you feel comfortable, confident, happy, and loving the skin that you are in. Your commitment to your own self-care begins with appreciating you. Girl, your hair, your body, your personality...it’s all good, and it’s all you! Love. It. All!