You’re Not Selfish for Putting Yourself First

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If you’re like me, you work a lot. You probably hear the same from your friends and family. Work doesn’t wait for you, and there’s always more to do.

When you are working, there is a lot of pressure on you to perform. It can be stressful and tiring. During these times, you need to take care of yourself and your family. When you do it, how do you do it? Here are some tips:

Don’t be afraid to take a break. Before you can care for others, you have to take care of yourself. There will be times when work gets overwhelming and you’ll want a break. This is normal.

It’s imperative for managers to encourage their employees to take time off.

Take a break if you need it without feeling guilty.

Make time for yourself. Whether it’s taking a walk during lunch or getting eight hours of sleep, don’t neglect your own needs. If you don’t make time for yourself, you’ll end up taking it from someone else — or worse, burn out completely.

Eat healthy meals or snacks every 2-3 hours so that your blood sugar level doesn’t drop too much. Avoid eating sugary foods or fast food if possible.

If you’re like most people, you’ve got a full plate at work. You may have a lot on your plate at home too — and a million other things going on in between.

But if there’s one thing I know, it’s that you can’t do your best if you don’t take care of yourself. And if you’re like me and have ever said something like “I’m fine,” when really you’re not, then this is especially important. You’ll be more stressed, less productive and less creative — which is the opposite of what you want when you’re working so hard to get ahead.

You need to take care of yourself, because no one else will.