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It may seem somewhat counterintuitive, but when you truly care for yourself, when you prioritise YOU, when you commit to a sound self-care routine and the discipline this requires, you actually position yourself to be in a much better place to support those around you.
Those who take care of themselves have the energy to take care of others with more kindness, patience, and authenticity because that support doesn’t come at their own expense. It’s hard to pour from an empty cup.
Taking care of yourself doesn’t need to be complicated or fancy – it’s the small habits you commit to overtime that count. How you spend your mornings and your evenings. How you talk to yourself. The food you ingest. The alcohol you DON’T ingest. What you read. What you watch. Who you choose to spend time with. Who you choose NOT to spend time with. Who you are vulnerable with. That will change your life. And the lives of others. Work out what best serves you and your well-being and prioritise it. #LOVEYOURS – for the betterment of yourself and all of those around you.
So why make a pledge about this stuff?
A pledge can act as a type of public commitment, and what we know about public commitments is that they tend to lead to greater follow-through. In other words, when you commit to something publicly, you’re more likely to do it. It’s one thing to let ourselves down, but it can be even more painful when others can see us coming up short. Now, this shouldn’t freak you out, there’s no intentional scare tactics here, it’s all about giving you the greatest chance to start prioritising your own well-being – for the betterment of yourself and all of those around you.