All too often do we find ourselves getting quickly tired, constantly overworked, or in dire need of a break. We work too many long hours, double-book on plans, and cram in time that we don’t always necessarily have. In a generation where we are constantly on the move, we have forgotten what it’s like to really slow down and take the time we need for ourselves.
We are always searching to keep busy, trying to find a quick process, yielding quick results, and then we start all over again until we can no longer continue. Though this method may work in the short run, it does not entirely benefit our overall well-being in the long run.
Instead of throwing away our time by trying to invest in everything and everyone else, we need to learn to invest in ourselves first. We need to invest in our physical and mental health. We need to invest in our happiness. We need to invest in our own lives.
We must not forget to take care of ourselves before we take care of others. We need to make sure that we are not running on empty — That we remember to stop and fill up the tank before we keep going.
If we never recharge, then we will never use our full strength. If we never rest, we will always stand on weary bones. If we continuously pour ourselves out, then we will have nothing left to give.
At the end of the day, we are our wealthiest investment and our greatest reward. We are our biggest achievement and our most valuable player. The best version of ourselves manifests from the amount of effort that we put into our self-care. And the best version of ourselves is what the world deserves to see.
So, remember to invest in yourself because when you do, the world will invest in you too.
Originally published at thoughtcatalog.com on April 3, 2018.