Whenever I watch 30 Rock, I see so much of myself in Liz. You know, besides the whole food-loving, determined as heck, independent without a boyfriend thing. Every time I see her try to manage all the chaos and drama on TGS while taking care of Tracy and Jenna, and her own personal problems, I relate so much to her. Because I do the exact same thing. I’m always trying to take care of everyone else and help everyone with their issues, that a lot of times I forget about myself. I think that’s why Ashley and Lolo and I all get along so well because they both are always constantly reminding me to take care of myself (much like I do for both of them).
There have been countless times in my life when I’ve helped my friends or coworkers deal with whatever is going on, and taken on a bunch of things at once. And even though I wish I could tell you all that I’m basically Wonder Woman and that I handled all five million things impeccably–in those cases, I didn’t.
I got burnt out and felt emotionally and physically drained. We are of course, only human, and need to take some time to rebuild and recover. As wonderful as it would be if we could take on every single challenge that faces us, and our friends, that isn’t how things work. Getting burnt out isn’t a sign of weakness, but is a sign that you are a human and need to take a breather.
So, because we aren’t superhuman, don’t forget to take care of yourself. It’s great to want to help each and every person, but we cannot forget about our individual mental, emotional, and physical health. It doesn’t make you a selfish person if you take care of yourself, or if you need to focus on yourself. It doesn’t make you less or a person, or any weaker. It makes you a human being. And sometimes, we need the reminder that we are only human.
All of this being said, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Self-care is so incredibly important, and it is something that so many people forget. How are you going to accomplish all of the things you want, or achieve your goals if you’re a completely burnt out mess? How are you going to help others if you’re a disaster? In forgetting ourselves, we let go of the concept that we deserve to be happy, healthy, and harmonious too.
In forgetting ourselves, we let go of the concept that we deserve to be happy, healthy, and harmonious too. So let this be a friendly reminder that although you may want to do everything and help everyone, you can’t forget to take care of yourself every once in a while. It’s something that I need to remind myself of every once in a while.
What is a lesson that you’re still learning?