I’m a leader who called out sick this week for some meetings. Why? Because I caught whatever is going around and I’m down for the count! I’ve tried to write this blog I’ve titled numerous times, but I end up allowing myself to get pulled away by other things. But I sit here now and recognize that this post isn’t just for others but also for myself. Had I sat down and written this the numerous times I started to before, it probably would have come off more like and rant or venting session from me. But my intent for this is just the opposite. This message goes for mothers, fathers, care takers, teachers, etc. ALL of you out there you naturally put other’s well-being before your own on a day to day basis.
When I decided to join the WeightWatchers team I remember thinking that this would be a great way to hold myself accountable to my maintenance efforts. Quite the opposite has lived out…I find myself putting my job(s) before my own needs and it’s having side effects on my body. I spent this last week sick. I don’t get sick often, in fact since I started taking better care of myself and living a healthier lifestyle I pretty much haven’t gotten sick at all. But this past winter I’ve caught bad colds twice from interactions with others who’ve chosen not to stay home and take care of themselves but go out and end up infecting others. I know I’m not living in the time of the plague but still….PEOPLE, I’m not asking you to stay home if you are sick for my sake but for YOUR OWN.
Why do we neglect to take care of ourselves or to do so last instead of first? I find that many of my old habits like this are coming back in my new role as a WW Leader. In talking to other leaders in my territory I find that many of them have similar habits and it saddens me. Why is is that we who are so motivated to help others neglect to help ourselves? In reality I offer my best self to my members when I am at my best. They inspire me, they motivate me and they encourage me through their own actions to be the best version of myself.
So I’m leaving this post short and with a sweetness to finish….Leader, members, all people of this world…please don’t forget to take care of yourself first and foremost so you can really offer the best versions of yourselves to those you encounter! Take time for yourself on a daily basis, eat well, be active, sleep soundly, and wake up with hope in your heart that each day is the day you will positively impact someones life! Set yourself a solid foundation so you can build great things upon it!