Knowing what we enjoy and what we need to do to care for ourselves is important. However, we won’t be able to do these things if we don’t make self-care a priority. There are often many obstacles that come up when trying to make self-care a priority.
Maybe some of these sounds familiar to you:
I don’t have enough time.
I don’t have enough money.
I don’t want to become selfish.
Other things/people are more important than caring for myself.
I know it’s important, but I’ll do it tomorrow.
These are just a few of the many obstacles people have. I imagine you can think of many others. If we are going to make self-care a priority, then we need to look at what our obstacles are. To do this we need to pause and listen to what we are telling ourselves. What are obstacles that come up in you when you try to practice self-care? When you come up with these things think about why they are there. What message are they giving you about yourself and your life? Are these the messages that you want to guide your life?
Are there ways that you can reframe your obstacles? Time is an obstacle for many people. Think about the time you have in each day and what you are doing with those hours. Is there a way you can substitute self-care for something else you are doing? Rather than watching TV or scrolling through social media, maybe you could go for a walk and listen to a podcast or audiobook.
Making your self-care a priority is not a selfish act. It is a way to give more to yourself and those you love. With a little thought and reframing, you can make self-care a priority and overcome the obstacles.