Putting Yourself First Is The Start Of Awesome Things!

put yourself first

A very respected healer told me recently that being healthy was “a full time job.”

He said it in a very matter of fact way.

I laughed.

As I laid on his treatment table working out my own energy balance for two hours, I realized that he was not at all kidding. Taking care of yourself is not something to squeeze into a day if you happen to find the time.  After all, if I had taken the time to build up my own sense of “I come first” a while back I wouldn’t need all this healing now in the first place!

Do you put yourself first? 

The actual reason I have to spend hours getting my energy sorted in my body by healers  now is to make up from the damage of a decade of putting my own self last and putting “accomplishment” and “other people” first.  By turning my workouts into walking 10 city blocks in Manhattan to have cocktails, skipping every other meal or eating protein bars (what is in those things?!), staying up all night every other night and generally putting myself last  I created a great big problem with my immune system that has taken many years to fix… and still  takes time to maintain.

Wellness is a full-time job of sorts for sure. It doesn’t mean you have to quit your job and meditate all day on a hilltop to be well. But it does mean that its worth picking out the things that keep you sane, healthy and happy and….well… and not allowing yourself to skimp on them!

Between eating good food, maintaining a healthy space, taking time to exercise, sleeping enough, maintaining whatever spiritual practice you might have and any other regimes like baths or spa or whatever it may be… Well, that’s a big deal of stuff to make a priority. When I get really busy, its still tempting to skip meals, put other people first, miss sleep, skip my own yoga… but now, almost superstitiously, I won’t backslide into my old ways.

If you dare to put yourself first you may be surprised- as I was- to have:

oceanMore time in a day. Seriously, whether its the alertness and accuracy of a well-rested body or better eating habits generating more energy… but I am astonished by how much more I can get done in a day since I started putting me first.

More harmony. When you aren’t frantic and depleted it is funny how much static and drama you can avoid!

Better health!  Even simple habits like going to bed before midnight and drinking a few extra glasses of water that took a while to adopt even though they are so easy to do have been a turning point in creating more wellness in my own life.

And,  life is much more fun.

You may need to say No to a few extra commitments to put yourself first.  Your friends may call you selfish.  You may feel like you are missing out on things by sleeping more and taking time for yourself.  If you keep putting you first, you might be astonished by how exhilarating it is to have proper meals, to take spa days, to spend time in nature…  Trust me, you won’t want to skimp on taking care of yourself when you realize how awesome it is!  xoxo Dana

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maggie September 25, 2013 at 2:10 am

Love this!

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Jen September 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Thank you for the reminder. I really needed this today! It’s so easy to slide back into the habit of ignoring myself, and feel like I’m doing okay because I’m being so “selfless,” and not even notice how I’m really just running myself into the ground.

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Jeanne September 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

I did this for the first time last year without guilt. I was totally and completely “me” and it was so freeing. Not only did I find my life start to improve dramatically, I lost weight and got healthy in my soul. I made new friends. Co-workers noticed and had to know how I was so….peaceful. I even teach my students to be unique and to be themselves…it’s part of my classroom rules xoxo

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danaclaudat September 27, 2013 at 3:54 am

you are obviously a teacher that is changing many lives! so awesome to hear how much joy you’ve found in putting you first! :)))

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