DAY 17: PUT YOUR NEEDS FIRST.
Aaisha (رضي الله عنها) narrated that,
The Prophet ﷺ called ‘Uthman b. Maz’un. When he came to him, he said: ‘Uthman, did you dislike my practice? He said: No, by Allah, but I seek your practice. He said: I sleep, I pray, I keep fast, I (sometimes) leave fast, and I marry women. Fear Allah, ‘Uthman, your wife has a right on you, your guest has a right on you, your self has a right on you; you should keep fast and (sometimes) leave fast, and pray and sleep.
[Sunan Abi Dawud 1369]
Almost all of us are running behind the errands of the world that sometimes we forget to cater to the needs of our own body and mind. It is important that we take time to nurture our body and mind and prioritize self-care. Getting love and kindness from our own self is as equally important as getting the same from others. This is reflected in how you take care of yourself. Staying late up night, eating unhealthily, working overtime, or not engaging in physical activities, and socializing more than needed, would deprive us of getting recharged physically and psychologically. This would in turn affect us spiritually. The one who loves Allah ﷻ and strives for the best in Aakhira would definitely attend to himself for further growth. May Allah ﷻ help us understand the need to take good care of ourselves and our health, اللهم آمين.