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We all have the heart to want to help people through their difficulties, but have we ever thought about what it could be doing to our own health and well-being?
Now is the time to stop, think, and look after yourself.
Looking after someone else, or even helping someone else – if this be a friend or family member, it could be draining on our own health – more so if you have a mental illness. There’s people that will start to become dependent on you, people that will want YOU to sort their life out for them, even though you may not have yours completely sussed, even though you’re struggling, even though you’ve given them every piece of information and advice you can.
It’s important to look after yourself. It may seem selfish and vain but in order to help others you’ve got to be in the right mental, emotional, and physical state to do so. When someone is going through difficulties it can mean that some of things they say and have done can be difficult to hear and respond to. This may also be putting you in a state where you’re unsure of what to reply, or even how to reply to them.
How can I look after myself?
Never feel like looking after yourself/making time for yourself is selfish. It’s necessary and vital to be able to lead a positive mental health and a healthy well-being. You’re just as important at the person you’re helping, and just as significant as them.
Learn to make time for yourself, let the people you help know that you need to focus on yourself, that you need to step back and allow them to become more independent. You’ll be on your way to a much more positive lifestyle by doing this – keep in mind you can still help people, you don’t have to stop completely, just make sure you’re looking after yourself as well.
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