I know so many people who are passionate about making the world a better place—they reuse and recycle, they borrow or make instead of buy, they raise good kids, they donate to causes they believe in. They do all of the things we believe make the world a better place.
But personally, they aren’t thriving.
These people that are so giving and so aware, who have so much passion, are often the ones who are the most burned out. They give so much to those around them that they start to feel empty and disenchanted. They self medicate and fall into old habits to mask the anxiety of having lost touch with who they truly are. They start to believe they can’t make a difference the world—and this translates into letting go of their own dreams. Does this sound like you?
I know, because I’ve been there. And I know, too, that nothing is worse than seeing someone who has so much influence and potential struggle to keep their head above water simply because they never learned how to really take care of themselves. We’re taught that being a good person means giving your energy to others and that it’s selfish to do what you need.
How’s your self-care, really?
What dreams have you given up on?
What kind of impact do you want to have on the world?
What skills or supports do you need to feel healthy, strong and motivated?
Self-care isn’t selfish. We have to feel good to do good—and that means in mind, body, and spirit. When we allow ourselves to take a break and refocus our energy on ourselves, we rebuild the connection with our deepest potential. We need to learn what we didn’t growing up - how deep rest, healthy boundaries and prioritizing our needs must come first if we ever hope to change the world we live in.