10 Ways to Fill Your Own Cup First

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10 Ways to Fill Your Own Cup First

Growing up I was someone who was always busy. Always out doing something – – rehearsals, work, out with friends, tutoring – – looking back at my high school self, my bet is very few people would have guessed that I wasn’t an extrovert.

With as much as I did, I always allowed myself time to simply BE.  To turn off the human DOing and make sure I was a human BEing. I read. A lot. I adored my art classes, and I loved the photography class that allowed us to take a camera and go anywhere we wanted to take photos. Despite being busy, I instinctually filled my cup so I had the energy to enjoy rehearsals and work and hang out with friends.

Now as an adult with, you know, the adulting that needs to happen, I less naturally take care to fill my own cup. When I stop and think about the last time I read for fun, got elbow deep in clay, or took a long walk with nothing but a camera around my neck, days have gone by since I’ve done any of those things. It is no wonder I feel exhausted most of the time.

At the end of work today, I realized I need to take care of myself first or I will burn out. So this evening I’m going to a yoga class I’ve really wanted to attend but haven’t been able to because it butts up against a volunteer rehearsal. Yoga is definitely one way I fill my cup, and but there are so many other activities that support replenishing energy.

A treasured walk near the sea.

Ways to fill your cup:

  1. Get outside
  2. Create something (art, music, writing)
  3. Read a book
  4. Practice mindfulness
  5. Get in the water (or close to the water)
  6. Garden (even inside)
  7. Get a massage/haircut/reiki/etc
  8. Bake or cook something special
  9. Take a self-care day (or morning, or 10 minutes)
  10. Literally, fill your cup first

Sometimes simply sharing with others the importance of taking care of your Self can make a world of difference. Share in the comments below, how do you fill your cup?

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