“Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too.” – L.R. Knost

Many of us spend a majority of our time taking care of other people, whether it be in our personal life or professionally. We tend to lose sight of ourselves and self-care takes a back burner. When we start to realize how much we have neglected ourselves sometimes we rebound too swiftly in the opposite direction, meaning we began to focus so much on self that we tune everyone and everything else out. There needs to be a healthy balance of self-care and care extended to others. Understand that it is ok to say “NO” when it will interfere with your mental health. If the care that you extend, be it your professional connections or your personal connections, drains you or changes your energy constantly then it’s ok to say no or not right now because you cannot operate in a healthy medium if you are out of balance with yourself. Self-care is important but selfishness is not. The most important thing to remember is that you can’t help others if you can’t even help yourself. Pour good energy, good physical health and good mental health into yourself so that what you pour out into other is good and a good exchange of positive energy.

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