Want a more joyful life?

Put yourself first.

As busy people: partners, professionals, and/or parents, we can feel isolated in our day-to-day activities. A lot is demanded of us, and it can be overwhelming.

That’s why it’s crucial to set aside designated time for ourselves.

Because we deserve to rest. No secondary reason is necessary.

We live, and therefore we must rest.

Yet, so many of us feel that prioritizing ourselves is selfish. (Thanks, society!)

Womxn have been told through media, societal structures, and history that our duty is to support, nurture and care for others.

What about caring for ourselves?

“Of course,” Society says, “absolutely take care of yourself. You must fill up your cup before you can pour into others.”

So, even our mental and physical health is only a priority when we can continue to serve others. It’s bullsh*t.

This is your invitation to be selfish.

Self-prioritization is crucial to healthy living. Putting yourself above others when you need rest is positive, not self-indulgent or self-centered. We all must draw boundaries to protect our mental and physical wellbeing.

By prioritizing ourselves, we have more capacity to experience life’s joys.

What does self-prioritization look like?

  • Identifying your needs and honoring them
  • Placing boundaries on emotional and physical labor
  • Ensuring your physical and mental health
  • Allowing others to care for you
  • Engaging in your interests
  • Making time to be alone
  • Delicious meals
  • Time spent in nature
  • Reflection exercises:
  • Journaling
  • Card readings
  • Meditation
  • Quality time with friends and family
  • Rest

Remember, self-prioritization doesn’t need to be complicated or even time-consuming.

Consider small ways you can begin this practice and set goals for yourself.

Intentionality leads to sustainability.

As Tricia Hersey, founder of The Nap Ministry, says, “rest is anything that connects your mind and body.”

If you’re seeking an opportunity to decompress, rejuvenate and build habits that you can incorporate into daily life, check out Harvest Retreats.

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Dara Laine Murray

Dara Laine Murray

Convener, lover of bringing folx together, passionate about womxn succeeding in business, and focused on equity & continuous improvement.