One of the worst things you can do is feel guilty about prioritizing yourself. Prioritizing yourself is a need, and you should not feel guilty about your needs.
People who care about you will respond healthily to you putting yourself first.
Set boundaries or time for yourself and explain why this designated time is important to you. It May take time, but the people around you that care about you will understand why this time is important to you.
Sometimes friends and family don’t mean to take advantage of you. Instead, they assume that if you say yes, it’s because you wanted to say yes. Instead, try saying no, not right now, let me check my calendar, or I would rather do…
Set boundaries and help yourself prioritize yourself.
Block out the downtime to prioritize yourself by doing the things you like. Walking, reading, painting, meditating, coloring. If you allow yourself this time, you will be a happier person and enjoy life more.
It is not optional for you to take care of yourself. If you don’t, you won’t be productive. You might end up sick and stressed. It shows in your work when you’re not allowing time for yourself. People will be able to sense that something about you is off. They might not know why, but your energy can be telling.
You can only control yourself so give yourself that time. Prioritizing yourself doesn’t mean neglecting others.
Needs and wants are different, and learning to differentiate is very important. When you finally learn to put your needs before other people’s wants, you will be happier.
If you don’t put yourself first, no one else will. Don’t feel guilty about being true to yourself.