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5 Reasons Why We Ignore Our Needs And How To Stop

5 reasons why we ignore our needs and how to stop
Finding balance starts with honouring your needs. 🌿 #SelfCareJourney

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We all know it's essential, but sometimes, we find ourselves putting our own needs on the back burner. Sound familiar? Don't worry; you're not alone. Let's investigate why we tend to ignore our needs and how we can turn things around.

The "I'm Too Busy" Trap: Ah, the classic excuse. We've all been there—juggling work, family, and a million other things until self-care falls by the wayside. But here's the thing: self-care doesn't have to be time-consuming. Take a few minutes each day to check in with yourself. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and ask, "What do I need right now?" It could be as simple as a quick stretch or a moment of quiet reflection.

The Guilt Game: Many of us feel guilty for prioritising our own needs over others. But here's the truth: you can't pour from an empty cup. Taking care of yourself isn't selfish—it's essential for your well-being and your ability to show up for others. So, the next time you feel guilty for practising self-care, remind yourself that you deserve it. Treat yourself with the same kindness and compassion you show to others.

The Perfectionism Pitfall: Raise your hand if you're a perfectionist. (Raises hand). We often hold ourselves to impossibly high standards, convincing ourselves that we don't deserve self-care until we've checked off every item on our to-do list. But here's a secret: self-care isn't about perfection; it's about progress. Cut yourself some slack and remember that even small acts of self-care count. Whether it's a five-minute meditation or a leisurely stroll around the block, every little bit helps.

The "I'll Do It Later" Syndrome: It's easy to put off self-care until "later"—until we have more time, more energy, more whatever. But here's the reality check: later often never comes. So, instead of waiting for the perfect moment, seize the opportunity to care for yourself right now. Set aside dedicated time each day for self-care, whether it's a morning yoga session or an evening bubble bath. Treat it like an important appointment that you can't afford to miss.

The Comparison Game: Thanks to social media, it's all too easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. We see influencers living their best lives, and suddenly, our own self-care efforts feel inadequate. But here's the thing: comparison is the thief of joy. Your self-care journey is unique to you, and it doesn't have to look like anyone else's. So, instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on what makes you feel good and prioritise those activities.

So, there you have it—five common reasons we ignore our needs and how to stop. Remember, self-care isn't a luxury; it's a necessity. By recognising the barriers that hold us back and taking small steps to overcome them, we can create a life filled with love, joy, and well-being. So go ahead, prioritise yourself—you deserve it.

"Self-care is not a luxury, it's a lifeline. By recognising our needs and prioritising our well-being, we can cultivate a life filled with love, joy, and resilience."

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