Why You Must Put Yourself First

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“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”  ― Karl Lagerfeld

Recently a friend came to me overwhelmed.  She had so much going on in her life, so much to do and think about, that her sleep was being negatively affected.  Regularly.  She is a such a kind soul – so giving and caring, and she puts everyone else before herself.

That’s exactly what I told her she needs to stop doing.

We want to help others by nature.  We want to be of service, to care for those we love, to help people we don’t even know.  Most of us get great joy out of a simple act of kindness toward another.

But here’s the thing:

You cannot serve from an empty vessel.

If you are putting everyone else’s needs before yours,  you’ll become exhausted, frustrated, and resentful.  Then you’ll have nothing good to offer anyone else, especially those you love.

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Thinking of yourself first is not selfish.  It’s essential.

What’s one thing you can do for yourself today?  Share what it is in the comments below.  It will help give others ideas.  Then, go do it!  

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