Love Yourself First, The World Will Wait

The fact that you are reading this article is enough to state that you are a caring person. It is sad how since the time we were little, we were only taught to care about others. There's this phrase I keep repeating to my mother (who always taught me to first think about others), "the blind can not lead the blind".

How will you ever make others happy if you aren't happy yourself? It's simple, you can't. The sooner you make peace with this fact the better it is.

Make this a month when you decided to love yourself first, trust me, you deserve it.

Here's how:

1. You can't be omnipresent

Understand that you can't be there for people at all times, you're not a Marvel superhero. Out of the 3 plans laid out in front of you, pick the one that truly makes you happy and spends your precious time going for that one. Also, for the ones you are turning down, being a polite and responsible communicator is never a bad idea.

2. Know your worth

Do you see those people around you are appreciated for who they really are? They made sure that their friends & family knew their worth. No one will ever respect your time and effort if you don't do it yourself. You're worth a lot more than you know - never forget that.

3. Relaxing is a necessity, not a luxury

Like your machines won't run for too long without getting the maintenance it requires, neither will your body. All our lives we were taught that relaxing is for the privileged. That changes now. Make sure whatever your schedule is like, there's always some time for meeting with friends over drinks, working out, meditating or reading - which brings me to my next suggestion.

4. 'Me-time' is imperative

This is the time you spend with yourself. During this time try listening to the voices in your head, do things that it needs for you to do. A solitary walk, reruns of your favorite shows/movies, or just organizing your space. Just do what it asks for you to do, and believe me, you will thank yourself later. This is the only time you meet the real you and that's not-negotiable.

5. Eat good, drink even better

No amount of money you'll ever make will be of good use unless your stomach is well-fed and your body is hydrated. If you want your body to work like a beast, you've got to give it the fuel it needs - as simple as that.

6. Plan. Plann. Plannn

"A goal without a plan is just a dream". Yeah, that's a cliche. But tell me honestly, you think the greatest wars were conquered without a plan? So, set a deadline for completing your tasks. Don't push it every day. If you've to, find the flaw in the plan. This way you'll learn to stick to a pattern and end up having some time for yourself.

7. Sleep is essential

You're not Napoleon, you can not survive on 3 hours of sleep and thrive. Give your body and brain the time it needs to regenerate the new cells. I don't doubt that you must have trained your body to survive on 4-5 hours of sleep or whatever it is that you do, but I also don't doubt the fact that it is causing you a number of unseen damages.

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Shreya Singhania


Shreya Singhania develops news articles, blogs and other categories of content for sports, book authors, lifestyle & fashion. A passionate writer during the day and an avid reader by night.