You can’t pour from an empty cup.
Pretty obvious, right?
In this context it’s a metaphor for making sure we take care of ourselves.
Prioritising self-care, perceiving it as a necessity rather than as an indulgence.
That’s because self-care is about self-preservation, not selfishness.
We’re so often brought up to believe otherwise – putting others’ needs before our own. That’s important, of course, but we need to learn to recognise when we are crossing the line between caring so much for others we forget to care for ourselves.
When we forget to care for ourselves the tank begins to run low…and empties. Shudders to a stop. With a fair bit of smoke and drama, too, probably.
So do whatever your situation, do what you can to make time, however, whenever, and wherever you can to replenish our internal tanks.
Most of us have seemingly endless to-do lists. If it all seems insurmountable, why not think about what has to be done today, and what can wait – and what doesn’t really have to be done when you think about it. Our priorities can sometimes get a bit skewed, and we can get distracted doing stuff that doesn’t really matter.
Readdressing priorities is something I’ve been doing more of recently. More time spent reading, colouring, being creative playing with my pretty stationery, taking time out with a gentle walk…
More time saying “no” (politely!).
Less time on social media. Instead, I try to check it in bursts.
If I don’t feel like writing, I don’t.
Trying to remember what is worth investing my time and energy in, what to leave, and what to send out to the universe.
It’s not always as simple as that, of course. Life gets in the way. Pressures come from all sides.
But if you remember, (even sometimes if not all the time) you can’t pour from an empty cup you’ll get through.