You’re staring at the screen; deadlines are looming, and we’re only a month into the year. You worry about that big meeting you need to prepare for. You think about the laundry piling up at home or looking right at it while stressing about that leaking tap that needs to be fixed. You think about partners, kids, family, or friends who need your time and energy. You remember you’ve missed your workout yet again. What would be the quickest thing to defrost and throw in the oven for supper?

Sound familiar? Our lives tend to be full of busyness, responsibilities, and things we have to do for others. When last have you had the courage to put yourself first? 

Here’s why making yourself a priority can be good for you.

1. You’ll be healthier

People who put themselves first tend to take better care of themselves. Carving out time to exercise, eat well, sleep enough, and practice self-care will make you feel better about yourself and give you the energy to deal with whatever life throws at you. Don’t forget to schedule time with your dentist or doctor for your annual check-ups, which will give you peace of mind. 

2. You’ll be able to give more to others

People who put themselves first invest in themselves before they invest in others. Making sure you have enough of what you need allows you to operate at your best, and the more self-fulfilled you are, the more you’ll have to give to the causes and people who matter most to you. 

3. You’ll be happier

People who put themselves first spend their time doing activities they like to do as it enables a well-developed sense of who they are and what they enjoy. Whether it’s playing sports, reading, meditating, gardening, cycling or binge-watching your favourite series, doing more of what you love makes you a more positive, authentic, happier person.

So, are you ready to start putting yourself on the agenda? It doesn’t have to be a 4-hour spa visit or a 2-hour workout (even though that will score you an active day). It can be as simple as taking just a few minutes here and there for yourself.