“Make sure you fill your own bucket otherwise there will be no water to share around.”
“You are a very important cog in a machine, if you don’t look after that one cog, the whole machine falls apart.”
Analogies I use time and time again, often with parents, also young carers, and people under lots of pressure. We all spend so much time trying to juggle many responsibilities and meet our own and others expectations it’s easy to forget to stop and look after ourselves.
It seems self indulgent to take time to read a book, take a walk, have a long bath when so much needs to be done. We have a culture where stress is normal, you are expected to be busy and rushed of your feet. To be seem to be trying hard is important. We have forgotten how to stop and be selfish in a positive way. It’s so detrimental in the long run and limits productivity. If you stop for 15 minutes, it won’t be the end of the world, but if you burn out or become ill then everything you do will stop!
Take 15 minutes twice a day, for a week, to do something just for you, that is NOT productive and see how you feel in 7 days!