It’s Wednesday and we’re a few days into the first week of 2024!
I want to ask you — how have your goals been coming along?
I received a comment that raised flags so I want to speak about this in case this is happening to you too:
Often times, we put others’ needs in front of our own.
Each one of us has a job, maybe kids, and a household to manage…
And for the sake of a sick relative, a parent in need, or taking care of our kids, we happily make sacrifices for people we love.
Even if it means we get less time to ourselves.
I’m always available to help my friends and family, so to get exercise I schedule walks or workouts into my calendar and plan around them…
I even schedule cooking and eating time sometimes!
But when someone close to me falls ill, staying on track becomes harder.
I can’t plan for it.
I can’t budget time for it.
But most of all, my first instinct is to forget about myself and focus all my efforts on how I can help.
Recently, I heard from someone who has a sick relative and said they can’t even think about drinking water…
Going on their daily walk…
Or worrying about their own food.
This broke my heart.
I have been there before.
I couldn’t help but think about how much pain the person must’ve been in to admit to something like that.
But you know what gets me through it, even when I really feel like I can’t?
The people who depend on me. They get me through it.
I think about my family and friends and realize that I am their backbone.
Without my health, my kids wouldn’t have their mom…
My husband would be without a wife…
And I wouldn’t be able to lend 100% of my strength to those who need me.
There have been hundreds of Best of You members who said this was a huge reason why they joined.
They needed to take care of their families, which they wouldn’t have been able to do in their prior health state.
When things get tough — and especially when it feels like all you want to do is forget about yourself —
We must do our best to remember that neglecting our health isn’t going help our loved ones get better any faster.
Our loved ones wouldn’t want our health to suffer because of them anyway, would they?
So in 2024, I want you to take care of yourself, .
In fact, I want you to add this to your new year’s resolutions list:
“I will do what it takes to keep myself healthy, for myself and for those I love.”
And just know that I am here to support you in any way that I can —
Whether that’s teaching you new things, inspiring you with awesome stories about powerful women, or sending you gentle reminder emails like this one.
So stay strong, and let’s finish the first week of 2024 with a bang!