Welcome to Day 4 of The Embracing Your Divatude 31 Day Challenge! Today our challenge focus is how to make yourself a priority. Think of it as healthy selfishness and put yourself at the top of your to-do list. As women – the many different roles in our lives often get our priority and focus, but focusing on YOU needs to be a priority for mental, emotional and overall health reasons.
If you are new to the challenge, you can catch up here.
Briefly, the month of May is dedicated to focusing on our Divatude – being driven, inspiring, victorious and called to action in our personal and professional lives. As women, different aspects of divatude impact our daily walk at all times. Our focus with this challenge is taking the time to reflect on our daily attitudes and actions and ensuring we are focusing on what will lift us and others around us up.
Why It is Important to Make Yourself a Priority
On an airplane you’re told to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then help others. Why is that? In the event of an emergency on the plane, you must be both present and alive to assist and truly be of service to others. You must take care of yourself first. The same is true in all aspects of our lives.
If you want to be a happier person, a better spouse, a great parent . . . if you want to be a good employee, manager or friend . . . if you want to do what you’re called to do, what your purpose in life is . . . whatever it is you want to do with your life, begin with yourself. When you make choices that nourish you and fill you up, you’ll naturally be more generous with your time, energy, and resources. And you’ll be more able to create a life you love. This is healthy selfishness.
How to Make Yourself A Priority
Everyone wins when you make yourself a priority. Use the following tips to get you started:
- Commit to giving yourself the time and energy you deserve. You’re worth it!
- Live a healthy lifestyle
- Express yourself mentally and creatively
- Spend some time alone in order to appreciate ourselves more – get to know you!
- Pamper yourself
- Learn how to delegate and decline. It’s okay to have others pitch in and help with important tasks in your life and it is definitely okay to just say no to opportunities and activities that you do not have the time, energy or passion for.
- Create a routine that includes “me-time”.
Today’s challenge: Make yourself a priority today. Share in the comments how you will accomplish that today.
Sunday 21st of February 2016
Alone time has always been important to me. My best ways to get it is wake up before the household do I can either exercise or read.
Thursday 8th of May 2014
I love this! I need a few "me" days for sure. These days I feel like I've been running on empty! Need to do something just for me! I'm going to take this moment to paint my nails.
Colleen Boudreau (collifornia)
Wednesday 7th of May 2014
I'm going to treat myself to a pedicure.
GC at Calm.Healthy.Sexy.
Tuesday 6th of May 2014
Yes, men seem to be better at letting go and just relaxing! I am being very intentional about exercise, which I think is a good way to take care of myself. And I work on my blog, which I consider to be a way of investing in myself. But your post has reminded me to think of some other ways to care for myself too.
Monday 5th of May 2014
Thanks for this! I needed this this morning. Perfect for the past week :)