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How to Put Yourself First Without Feeling Guilty

Is it just us, or does putting yourself first feel… weird?

On our podcast, we’re always talking about prioritizing yourself. What we don’t always get to dive into is how painstakingly awkward and downright wrong it can feel to focus on ourselves.

So many of us have put our self-care and self-discovery on the back burner because we’re too preoccupied with catering to others’ needs. But why? Are our needs not as important as our loved ones’?

Today, we want to use this space to unpack how to put yourself first without feeling guilty and break free from the idea that you aren’t worthy.

Let go of judgment.

First of all, it’s not your business to care what other people think is needed for you to thrive. At the end of the day, you need to do what’s best for your mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Let go of this idea that other people are judging you for taking care of yourself. They’re not. And if they are, who cares?

Try new things.

If you’re new to this whole “putting yourself first” thing, chances are, you might need to switch up the way you move through life on the daily.

Here are a few tips for learning how to put yourself first:

  • Turn things down. Start saying no. Set boundaries.

  • Trust that those you offer help are capable of helping themselves.

  • Get closer to why you feel uncomfortable prioritizing yourself in a journal.

  • Call a friend and let them in on things you’re excited to do in the near future.

  • Book a day where a loved one takes over your duties and you get to rest.

  • Establish a you-centered morning routine. Tend to yourself before caring for someone else.

Remember why you’re here.

God didn’t put you here to simply exist. You were put here, in His image, with a purpose.

While serving others is one of the Godliest things we can do, we certainly can’t serve from an empty cup. Whether you’re a mother, a caretaker, an empath, or simply human, self-care is the foundation for serving. Self-care is not selfish. Self-care is the foundation for selflessness.

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