Go Ahead, Put Yourself First
One thing I’ve learned over the course of this exam period (well, actually this whole highly stressful year), is that you need to put yourself first sometimes. Not all the time necessarily, but sometimes, definitely. It doesn’t make you selfish. It doesn’t mean you care any less about the people close to you, or that you aren’t good enough to them. If you took as good care of yourself as you take of everyone else, you’d be a super-person. In fact, you are so great to everyone else, you owe it to yourself to spend some time appreciating yourself. You’re no good to anyone else when you’re burnt out. So take some time for yourself, and do what really makes you happy.
We might all be having very different experiences, but I’m pretty sure this is something everyone knows all too well. That feeling when you get home from a long day and don’t have it in you to make a salad and some rice, and opt for a grilled cheese instead. When you planned to go to the gym in the morning, but your body refuses to let you get up, telling you to stay here instead where it’s warm and safe. When you’re at work trying to do your job, but all you can think about is what else you could be doing with this time, and it’s eating away at you inside.
Maybe what you want is to go shopping for shoes, or a fancy coffee. Maybe you need to get away for a bit, clear your head. Go for a hike, sit by a waterfall, relax on a beach. Or maybe you just want to spend a few hours on the couch with no one around to tell you to put pants on or to go empty the trash, no crying baby or nagging parents. It can even be just taking 15 minutes to close your eyes when you’re feeling drained. We all need to relax sometimes, and even though sometimes life feels like a never-ending stress spiral, it’s important to step back and refuel every once in a while.
This is your chance to show how much you appreciate your body, mind, and spirit for holding up this long. After all, without those things, you’d literally be nothing.
What will you do to treat yourself?