What can I do for myself?
I need to give myself permission to do things for myself, too, and not just for others. That's a hard concept for me. A few people have told me "In order to take care of others, you have to take care of yourself first." It's a hard concept because I've always been taught that putting yourself first is selfish. However, there needs to be balance, because I have reached that point in life where always giving myself and never taking time for myself led to a drop in mental and physical health. In turn, I wasn't able to help others the way I wanted to. "In order to take care of others, you have to take care of yourself first." I had to experience first hand that this was true - that if I didn't, I physically and mentally wouldn't be running at full capacity and ability to help others - before I understood the importance of taking care of myself.