Where are you on your priority list?
Are you at the top because you know it’s not selfish to take care of yourself? Because you know that you will be no help to your family, friends or co-workers if you are tired, sick or emotionally exhausted?
Or are you more towards the bottom, wedged somewhere between getting your tires rotated and doing laundry?
Are you even on that list?
We often see that those with a “caretaker” personality are the ones that put their needs (not wants, actual needs) behind wants and needs of those around them. These people are givers, often to their own detriment.
This isn’t a character flaw, it’s actually pretty darn admirable, but often people in this category are the ones who need the most help because they are too busy helping others to help themselves.
So I am here to do just that, at least as much as I can from a computer screen.
If you find yourself identifying with this personality type I want you to remember:
It’s okay to say no every once in a while. No one is going to think you are suddenly unreliable if you say no when you are stretched too thin.
You teach others how to treat you. If you are always putting your needs last, so will other people.
It’s okay to take care of yourself. Really. Making sure you are eating well, having an outlet to blow off steam or a hobby to help you stay grounded and getting enough sleep is important.
It’s okay to ask for help. It doesn’t mean you are weak or being a burden. People like to be useful and of service, let them!
Ultimately, you cannot pour from an empty cup; you need to make sure you are doing what needs to be done to keep you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually healthy. Research shows physical activity improves emotional health and eating well feeds your body and your brain. Getting enough sleep supports brain function and makes you a lot more likely to go to the gym and make better food choices. However, these things don’t happen by some miracle.
Remember, your coaches are here to help you succeed. If you are feeling stressed, tired or overworked let us know. Maybe we can help with some food prep tips, suggest an at-home WOD that will help with stress or, if anything, help scale the WOD to keep you from digging a deeper hole.
You are worth it and you deserve it!