Prioritize your needs
Sometimes it’s going to hurt so badly to go to sleep earlier. To get more water. To say yes to that Pilates class and actually go.
It hurts because millions of folx are suffering in Israel and Palestine. It hurts because your parents, who are living with you, are steeped with anxiety and worry about money troubles. It will hurt because your kids are urgently crying out for more screen time.
You will be faced with so many reasons why taking care of yourself is not convenient. It will never feel convenient to prioritize yourself. But it is necessary.
It is necessary because you are the only person that is in your true locus of control. It is necessary because when you optimally function, others will benefit too. Prioritizing your needs is sometimes excruciatingly difficult, but sometimes you don’t need a reason.
Sometimes you want to do it because it feels good. And pleasure is a good enough reason.