The Importance of Prioritizing Your Health, Boundaries, and Joy
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or burnt out? Do you struggle to prioritize your health, boundaries, and joy? If so, you're not alone. Many of us struggle to balance our personal and professional lives, and finding time for self-care and self-improvement can be challenging. I'm excited to share this week's episode of The Duke Therapists podcast, where we discuss the importance of prioritizing your health, boundaries, and joy.
"Your health has to be a priority, and that's not just physical health; that's spiritual health, and that's mental health."
As our guest, Keresse Thompson, explains, your health is the foundation of everything else in your life. Without good nutrition, sleep, and self-care, everything else will crumble. That's why it's essential to prioritize your physical and mental health and ensure you're getting good quality sleep and implementing self-care practices.
"Having boundaries is a skill set. You have to get clear with what your boundaries are."
Another essential aspect of prioritizing your well-being is setting boundaries. As Keresse explains, it's crucial to clear your boundaries and uphold them in your relationships, work life, and self-care. By doing so, you'll be able to protect your time, energy, and emotional well-being. "Do things that bring you fulfillment and bring you joy. That's what life is about."Finally, it's important to prioritize joy in your life. As Keresse emphasizes, life is about doing things that bring you fulfillment and joy. This can be anything from spending time with loved ones to pursuing a hobby or passion. By prioritizing joy, you'll be able to cultivate a sense of purpose and meaning in your life.
So, how can you start prioritizing your health, boundaries, and joy? Here are a few tips:
Make time for self-care every day, whether through meditation, exercise, or simply taking a few minutes to breathe.
Get clear on your boundaries and communicate them clearly to others.
Find activities that bring you joy and make time for them regularly
Take care of your physical health by eating well, getting enough sleep, and staying active
Take care of your mental health by seeking support and practicing self-compassion.
Remember, prioritizing your health, boundaries, and joy is not selfish. It's essential for your well-being and for living a fulfilling life. So, start making yourself a priority today and see how it can transform your life.