Since I'm off laughing hysterically at something my sister said, here is a respost of an oldie but goodie. This was originally posted on Thursday May 21, 2009.
What does "putting yourself first" mean to you? Does it mean you are selfish, putting your needs before others? Does it mean that you are so into yourself that you can't see past your own circumstances? Or does it mean to take good care of yourself so you can take better care of others, be a better friend, live a better life?
Many years of putting my health and fitness at the bottom of the list (ha, they weren't even on the list) and not putting myself first had taken its toll. I became obese, depressed, sluggish, hard to get along with and just plain unhappy. I think women in general have a hard time saying no and putting themselves first. I also think we put pressure on ourselves to be perfect. No wonder we don't get enough sleep, don't eat right, get constipated, get stressed out and overeat.
The moment I decided to make my health and fitness the top priority in my life, the moment that I learned to say no to things that weren't absolutely essential and would take time away from what needed to be done, was the moment things started to change for the better. I started to become a better person, a better wife, a better nurse. I started to see that happiness was within reach, that I had the power to make it happen.
It's okay to put yourself first, it's okay to say no! Take charge of your health, put yourself on the list. No one will do it for you. You have the power to make it happen, to make a healthier you, to give you (and your spouse/family) a happier existence!