There is no denying that it is very admirable to be a caring person — the person your friends, family, and significant other can go to when they need support. Heck, you might be everyone’s first call in a time of crisis. But could it be that you are giving too much? It is entirely possible that you care so much about others, that your own needs have been put on the back-burner. This in turn leads to low self-esteem, and even an inability to find time for your own needs.
So where do you draw the line at caring just enough and completely sacrificing yourself? Here are key signs that you care more about others than you do about yourself.
1. You’re surrounded by needy people
It could be that your tendency to give too much comes from the company around you. If all of your closest connections are needy, you are more likely to take care of them first. “Some people can be parasites,” The HuffPost says of these attention-starved personalities. “They suck out your happiness, energy and maybe some of your tangible resources as well.” If you are constantly surrounded by people who force you to always put them first, then it’s time to reevaluate your friendships and direct your caring disposition elsewhere.