Self-preservation

Modern Belle Life Self-Preservation

Too often in our lives we put others in front of ourselves…we lose our essence to work, life and love. Our basic instinct of self-preservation put on the backburner because we are told it is selfish to put ourselves first.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating you never think of others and only work toward self-gratification.  That is selfish.  And selfish people suck.

What I am saying is, if you don’t occasionally put yourself first you will lose who you are.  We have all found ourselves feeling burnt out, feeling exhausted and overextended.  We lose the ability to figure out where our work (life or lover) ends and where we as individuals begin.

I was talking with a co-worker.  He asked me how I stayed grounded when I was at an event and out of town for so long.  It made me realize that in 3 weeks I have taken almost no time for things I enjoy.  I couldn’t really remember the last time  even beyond the last three weeks, I did something by myself that made me happy.  What kind of life is that?  How did I let myself ignore all the things that make me happy?

Modern Belle Life Beach Self-Preservation

I was lucky today in that I wasn’t on the run.  While there were a thousand things I could have worked on, I spent one hour away.  My hotel is a short walk to the beach. So instead of sitting in my (very small) room I went to the beach.  I put on my big floppy hat, took my book and laid down on a towel and listened to the waves. After just soaking in the sound of the waves rolling in for a while. I picked up the book and read.  It was relaxing.  It was needed.

I needed that time.  I needed that hour of time for myself.  Could I have continued to push myself for longer?  Yes, absolutely.  But why do that?  Why not take a moment to find my center, make myself better?  If you don’t care for yourself – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually – you can’t take care of other people and things.  It’s like when the flight attendant tells you to put your oxygen mask on first and then help others around you.  Instead of letting ourselves become so selfless at the expense of ourselves, we must realize that Samuel Butler was right, “self-preservation is the first law of nature.”

What do you do for yourself and only yourself?

Random Musings #anything GoesModern Belle Life Beach Self-Preservation

6 comments on “Self-preservation

  1. Hello Modern Belle,
    What an insightful post! I also find that time at the ocean, or beside a body of water, is very calming and restorative. I totally agree that we need to put that oxygen mask on ourselves before helping others. Great inspiration for today and thanks for joining our lifestyle linkup! Hope you join us again the first Monday of next month as well.
    Cheers,
    Heather

    • Thanks for stopping by Heather! I think you are right – time near water is always the best.

      Look forward to next month’s #stylefocus

  2. Because I suffer from anxiety and social phobia, I find I have all the time in the world to persue solitary hobbies. Therefore the thing O do that most aids my mental welbeing and self preservation is to push myself to go out the house and socialise with friends once or twice a week.

    • Tracey, Thanks for stopping by! Sorry for the delayed reply. You were stuck in spam 🙁 I think you are totally right in that everyone’s restorative activities are different. When I go into my periods of “hibernation” as I called it, forcing myself to go out is usually the best thing for me. As long as you feel good about where you are in life, I think that anything is great!

  3. Great post. In today’s society, it is somehow taboo to take time out for yourself, but I think “me time” is so important. I think by taking time out for yourself, you become better at being there for others in the long run as you have had a chance to recharge!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes (sorry for the late comment, busy week!)
    Debbie
    http://www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

    • I totally agree that by taking time for yourself you will be better able to care of others.

      Maybe one day people will realize that’s best for everyone.

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