Okay, one last post in my ongoing car analogy. Today, I am going to talk about the low fuel light, simply because mine went on while I was on my way to work today…
Most of us actively recognize when this light is on, and make it a priority to find a gas station sooner rather than later. Yet too many of us, myself included, sometimes have a hard time recognizing when we are running low on energy. And even if we recognize it, even fewer of us make it a priority to recharge through self-care, the mental health equivalent of fueling up.
And it is also important to recognize that it isn’t selfish to take time for self-care. Going back to the car analogy, if you are on your way to meet someone, most of us would rather be a minute or two late because we had to stop for gas than risk running out of gas altogether. That isn’t selfish, it is a necessary step that you take for your own well-being, and taking time for self-care is no different.
And thinking about self-care and recovery in the terms of routine car maintenance may help normalize it. It does for me. And if helps any of you normalize self-care, all the better.
So when you are fueling up your car, don’t forget to fuel up yourself if you need it. And thanks for reading.