Self-Preservation: 4 Habits That Promote Resilience And Value Your Time

Dr. Whitney Gordon-Mead
3 min readJun 26, 2023

You’re a busy woman immersed in a fast-paced world, so investing time in nurturing your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being is an act of self-preservation.

Without self-preservation, your overall resilience and sense of self suffers. This can lead to stress and burnout, eventually damaging your relationships, career, and personal growth. However, practicing self-preservation improves how you handle stress and build relationships, enhancing your capacity to enjoy life to its fullest.

A crucial key to self-preservation is how you utilize the fundamental resource of time. When it seems as though the whole world demands your attention, take a moment to acknowledge how you feel. Then reflect on your personal values. What truly matters to you? Your health? Your family? Something else? Take inventory of where you spend your time, and ask yourself if this aligns with the life you want to live.

Identify unhealthy patterns. Do you say “yes” when you would prefer to say “no”? Are you staying late at work when you’d rather be home? Do you find yourself scrolling through social media instead of enjoying a hobby?

Self-preservation starts with being able to consciously acknowledge these incongruent behaviors and adapt them to better align with your life vision. When you value your time, you value yourself, strengthen your resilience, and forge your path to a more balanced life.

Embrace Habits that Prioritize You And Value Your Time

Here are a few strategies that prioritize your time and increase your fulfillment.

Nurture Your Health and Well-being

Integrating self-preservation into your daily life involves practicing self-care and nourishing your spirit. Activities that promote physical, mental, and spiritual health could include exercise, meditation, journaling, or pursuing a hobby.

Establishing healthy habits is also important for self-preservation. Sleep well, eat healthy, and take regular breaks from work. These simple steps can significantly improve your overall well-being and make you more resilient in the face of stress and adversity.

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Dr. Whitney Gordon-Mead
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CEO Intuit Wisdom, Speaker, Certified Coach, Ordained Minister. Dr. Whitney helps powerful women master the magic of life to experience freedom and fulfillment.