Do you regularly drive your car until the gas tank is empty then wonder why the heck it won’t go?
Then why do you do that with your body?
I’ve had this conversation twice this morning. Self-care MUST be made a priority and not treated as an afterthought.
I know it’s difficult when you’re up to your neck with obligations yet the fact remains that a burned out you is a pretty useless you.
For people with chronic pain or other energy sapping conditions self-care (e.g. rest, exercise, massage, etc) needs to be treated as equal to the importance of pain medication.
You know very well what happens when you skip your self-care and how many days it takes to get your groove back.
A sick body doesn’t have the resilience of an otherwise healthy one so you simply can’t slack off when it comes to taking care of yourself.
Don’t have the time to do all the self-care you’d like? Then start with something. Make it a regular habit then add a second thing.
This may require learning to say NO more often to create the time you need. I can help you if this is an issue for you.
Bottom line, take care of you as a priority because a car without gas is like a pizza without pineapple, it’s just no good.