You may have heard the phrase “pay yourself first” when reading books on personal finance. The idea behind pay yourself first is that you route earnings to your savings before paying bills or making monthly purchases and thus prioritize your future financial health. However, pay yourself first is not a popular ideology in that almost half of Americans have no savings at all.
In the same sense, we tend to allocate our time and priorities to others – children, family or work. It is our very nature to want to take care of and nurture those around us, sometimes at our own expense. However, this concept of pay yourself first can and should be applied to health and well-being. In other words, pay yourself first in terms of time and priority.
A good example of this would be how you choose to spend your time in the morning. Mornings are positively crucial for setting up your day to have the energy and stamina needed to firstly, enjoy your day and be able to give back to those around you.
So before you begin rushing around taking care of anyone else, give yourself time in the morning to prioritize yourself and nurture your body, mind and spirit. Pick a couple of items from the list below to start out with, then make your own list based on what you truly enjoy and find rejuvenating.
- Drink 16 ounces of straight celery juice
- Drink 16 ounces of straight lemon water with honey
- Meditate for 15-20 minutes
- Practice Kapalabhati Pranayama breathing
- Pray and ask for guidance, love and support throughout your day
- Consciously create your day through visual exercises
- Make a gratitude list in your mind of 10 things you are grateful for
- Make a “to do” list so that everything is on paper and out of your head
- Practice Qi Gong
- Wake up a few minutes early to watch the sunrise
- Make a medicinal tea and meditate on its specific benefits
- Listen to uplifting music while getting ahead on a few simple chores
Most importantly, be sure that these are activities you engage in early in your day, before you get swept away by other priorities. Pay yourself first.