Permission to put yourself first

Permission to put yourself first

by Sarah Bagnall

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy to get caught up on the hamster wheel of life and forget to step off every now and again to take care of ourselves. We’re constantly bombarded with messages telling us what we should be doing, how we should be living, and what we should be striving for. But what if we gave ourselves permission to do things differently?

The act of giving yourself permission to do the things that make us happy, healthy, and fulfilled. It’s about letting go of the expectations and obligations that society places on us, and making choices that are in alignment with our own values and goals.

For some of us, it might mean giving ourselves permission to say no to things that don’t serve us. It could be as simple as declining an invitation to a social event that you’re not feeling up to, or turning down a job offer that doesn’t align with your long-term goals. By setting boundaries and prioritising our own needs and desires, we can make space for the things that truly matter to us.

For others, it might mean giving ourselves permission to take care of ourselves. This could involve taking time for self-care, such as exercising, meditating, or spending time in nature. It could also mean setting aside time for hobbies and passions, or pursuing creative pursuits that bring us joy and fulfilment. By prioritising our own wellbeing, we can lead happier, healthier lives.

One important gift we need to give ourselves, is the permission to rest. In a world that glorifies busyness and constantly tells us that we should be doing more, it can be difficult to let ourselves take a break. But it’s important to remember that rest is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. By allowing ourselves permission to rest, we give our bodies and minds the time they need to recharge and rejuvenate. This can help us to feel more energised, focused, and productive in the long run. So next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, give yourself permission to take a step back, relax, and recharge. Your mind and body will thank you.

Ultimately, giving yourself permission is about taking back control of our lives and making choices that are right for us. It’s about breaking free from the expectations and obligations that hold us back, and embracing the freedom to live our lives on our own terms. So why not give yourself permission to do things differently, and see where it takes you?

Are you ready to change your life & take control of your future?

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