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6 Reasons Why You Should Put Yourself First at all Times

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While it may not seem convincing to put yourself first, there needs to be solid reasons to do so. In this article, you will find out the reasons you should.

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A young, vibrant man who is full of life and loves humanity, really impresses everyone with his kind of personality.

However, there is a side to this that he rarely considers: not taking the time to put himself first.

His father tried to convince him of this, but the young man failed to listen. Why was his father concerned about the whole thing?

Because the man was in the best position to assist his younger ones through their studies. But the young man made a mistake of not putting himself and his younger ones first.

Unfortunately, It happened that the man later lost energy, lost physical and mental health, and he was that down.

Now, when the most important time came for him to support his younger ones, he wasn’t able to do so.

In life, there are lots of things to consider when you are left with the options on whether to put yourself first or not.

Having a good knowledge of those things to consider will set you in the right direction. So, let’s get on with finding out what those things are.

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Put yourself first meaning

To put yourself first seems to many people like not taking care of others and just taking care of yourself alone. But that’s not the right way to look at it.

What it actually means is that you always consider yourself well enough to be put at the place you’d always wanted to be.

This means that you always value your right as a human being to live a happy, safe, and healthy life. From your mental health to your physical health, and overall well-being, you make sure everything is intact.

You know that you don’t have to displease yourself, act out of pity or accept external validation from others, and keep ruining your chances of enjoying a safe, healthy, and satisfying life.

Reasons why you should place yourself before anyone else

Here are six reasons why you should always put yourself first.

1. Care of others

We learned from our short story that the young, vibrant man was later unable to carry out his responsibilities towards his younger ones when they needed his attention.

He was not able to perform his responsibilities because of his condition. Now, the ones who truly needed that care from him were not able to get it.

So, you’d wanted to make sure that you are fit mentally and physically by taking the right step to put yourself first.

That way, when the time comes for you to take care of others, you will not have any reason not to do so.

Rather, you will be fit to take care of others just the way you know you’d love to. But you would want to make sure you are resisting external pressure, especially when they are aware of your current situation.

2. Your energy level

No matter who you are, if you constantly refuse to put yourself first, then you will continue to give out lots of energy, especially to the wrong ones.

The truth is, it takes effort to go out of your way to do nice things for others. However, acting this way too often, and not putting yourself first will cost lots of energy.

But can you tell who the wrong ones are? Unfortunately, if you are a people pleaser, then it will be really hard to tell.

If at all, you were able to tell the kind of people you are dealing with, then you would also want to consider why you need to put yourself first when you’re in a tight situation.

In addition, you would also want to consider how you happen to go out of the way to see that you make others feel better and not considering what the outcome of your actions may be.

3. Your mental and physical health

Peace of mind doesn’t have to be something that should be taken granted at any cost. It needs to be considered when you want to make sure that your mental health in good shape.

However, if you are used to worrying a lot, then being able to maintain a healthy mental state of mind will seem quite difficult.

In that case, if you are used to not putting yourself first, it will be bad for you because you will be endangering your mental health.

This makes it very important for people who suffer mental health problems to try as much as possible to themselves first in anything they do.

Also, your physical health is another aspect you’d like to consider. That means anything that has to do with your body should be taken into consideration when deciding whether to put yourself first or not.

There are instances where people suffer various health issues due to stress and pressure and other health relating problems.

4. Your safety

It’s true that you need some sort of defensive tools to ensure safety in most situations. And it’s one of the best ways to put yourself first.

Living cautiously also has to do with you being able to be sure that your safety is guaranteed before you decide to go ahead with whatever you have in mind.

Another reality about not putting yourself first is that if you don’t have the thought of putting yourself first, you will barely think of what the outcome of something may turn out to be.

The outcome: you expose yourself to dangers that you may not be aware of.

For example, if someone expects you to do something in their favor, if it’s something that will have a negative effect on you, then a critical thought will make sense here.

However, if you don’t put yourself first, then you will most likely not have a second thought before your actions. As a result, you end up suffering the outcome of not putting yourself first.

5. Your help to others

Sometimes, people think that being helpful to anyone is only a matter of choice and personality. While this is true, it’s also important to know that someone’s overall health condition can also determine how the level of the person’s emotional intelligence would turn out.

In other words, if a person’s emotional intelligence is not solid, it will also have negative effects on how helpful the person would be.

And, even if your mental health and emotional intelligence are up to par, you would also want to make sure that you are available to offer help.

So, when you are safe, in good energy and physical and mental health state, and willing to help, you can be sure that you will be able to deliver.

There are many people who need help from others, but because of the conditions of those who could help, they end up missing out.

6. Your state of mind

In order to keep the mind focused, it needs undivided attention. In order to be able to remember things, the mind needs to be active.

To possess the ability to be aware of things, the mind also has to be in good shape. And it goes on and on.

So, it’s safe to say that the mind needs to be taken care of, but it has to be at the expense of being able to put yourself first.

Besides, this is one way you can enhance your mental strength. So, the end result is that if your mind is in good shape, then your mental toughness will be solid as well.

You would want to make sure that you get rid of things that would make you overthink, put pressure on you, or make you develop feelings of anxiety.

That way, you will be able to maintain a healthy state of mind and build your mental strength, alternatively. In that case, making efforts to put yourself first will help to do that.

In conclusion

Always remember to place more importance on your right to live a happy, safe, and healthy life. Although you may not have been taking it seriously, considering it putting yourself first is the right direction to go.

Remember that it’s not selfish to put yourself first. At least, if you consider the reasons why you need to, then you will come to a conclusion nothing about it is selfish.

So, reject external validation, self-pity, and pleasing others. This is one of the best things to do when trying to always put yourself first.

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