November 2020 Editors Fix
By definition, a martyr is someone who chooses to sacrifice their life or endure pain and suffering rather than give up their religious beliefs or something they hold sacred.
These days, this term is more commonly used to describe people who prioritize the needs of others over their own. And often, this sacrifice is equated to being a selfless, good person.
Well, it’s no wonder as a society we have such a difficult time taking care of ourselves! Making it a priority to work on a healthy body, mind and spirit. Ensuring we can show up as our best selves to our children, partners, families, co-workers, and community. It wouldn’t be seen as a sacrifice or selfless. No, it would likely be seen as quite the opposite - selfish.
It’s time to get over the stigma around self-care. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of anyone else. First step, name what is stopping you (yes! Call out your inner martyr!) Second, recognize what you need, how you can make it happen, and move towards it. Third, support others as they do the same. Fourth, repeat, repeat, repeat (practice makes perfect, as they say). Fifth, feel proud of yourself!
You deserve this, we all do. Yes, I’m talking to all you guys out there. Self-care is for everyone. And as we move into the uncertainty of winter, with colder temperatures, less light and more challenges around socializing, it is more important than ever.
Also, please check in on your peeps.