Why taking care of yourself?
Taking care of yourself to be able to take care of the environment.
When we are obsessed with our worries and issues, it seems impossible to have energy for the outside. Remember the last sleepless night you had, the last migraine, the last flu. At times like these, we tend to forget the world, we want to heal, to rest, rather than taking care of others. With 39° of fever we do not see ourselves investing in anything. It seems fair physically. The same goes when we are in a bad mood or sad. It’s less easy to help the person who needs help with climbing up the stairs. We have less energy to help the colleague who asks us for a hand. In short, we are closing up ourselves. So when we have less energy, it’s hard to get involved in a cause.
We need to feel good in our body and mind and with our feelings to be ready to turn our attention to the outside, to be able to help.
Beyond this idea, a positive environment is built from within. Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world”. We understand this sentence at first as the need to be an actor or an actress of change; starting our own business, investing in an association, etc. But this sentence is not just about the actions we do but more generally about our behavior, our way of being with others. We want to live in a healthy, serene, calm and fulfilling environment? Than, better to start by being healthy, serene, calm and fulfilled ourselves.
By taking responsibility for our own well-being, we are potentially removing a burden from other people. We tend to rest on those around us, to make them responsible for our happiness or our sorrows. By realizing that this power is in our hands, we relieve others; allowing them in turn to recover energy to engage in their own causes.