I can’t quite figure out when culturally we decided that giving all of ourselves away was the thing we had to do.
Whether you’re career-driven, a parent, or otherwise, the common thing is to give it all away –your time, your energy, and your attention – and leave nothing for yourself.
We believe it makes us good parents and spouses.
We believe it makes us the most dedicated workers.
But when all we do is help others and leave nothing for ourselves aside from an empty brain and a body completely drained of energy at the end of the day, no one really wins.
This isn’t to say you should shirk your obligations…that’s not realistic.But reprioritizing your energy and attention is entirely doable. Because the truth is that when you make the time for yourself to exercise, have alone time, and to eat well, everyone benefits.
You’re a BETTER parent and spouse.
You perform in your job BETTER.
And when you’re happier, so is everyone else in your life. Happiness is magnetic.
So is drained energy and stress.
The excuse is made far too often that we don’t have the time to do the things that fill us up.
But we all have 24 hours in a day – 24 hours is the great equalizer for humanity. And you do get to choose (even if it feels like maybe you don’t). So, what would fill your cup?