We tend to take care of others before we take care of ourselves. We are sisters, mothers, wives, daughters, workers, and feel the pressure every day. If we're burnt out, we simply cannot perform at our highest level.
As women, in particular, with perpetual obligations such as; school plays, sports practices, Halloween costumes, play dates, family dinners, plans with the girls, demanding careers, the list goes on... How do we possibly squeeze in "me" time?
It doesn't matter if you are surfing the web, answering personal calls, or checking emails. Managing your time should be smart. There is only a limited number of hours in the day. Realize that you can't do it all.
Make yourself a priority. You should stop anything that wastes your time, so you can free it up. This means there will be times when you have to say "No" to some obligations.
Taking time to do something you enjoy isn’t a luxury - it’s a must! Pick an activity that makes you feel good. Take that hour in the evening to attend a yoga class. Wake up those twenty minutes earlier to meditate. Squeeze in one chapter of that romance novel. Have the expensive chocolate you've been hiding from the kids. You deserve it!
The activity itself can be anything, but there are two rules. Number one: unplug completely. No cell phones, no laptops, no iPads, nothing used to communicate. No contact with the outside world, aside from music on your cell phone.
Rule number two: you MUST be alone. Being by yourself allows you to enjoy your own company. You get back in touch with your interests, likes and dislikes. It reminds you of what makes you happy. This is how to decompress and remind yourself of who you are, or even who you want to be.
Stop doing what you are doing. Get into yourself. Try a scented bubble bath with rose petals and candles. Listen to music that help you relax. Music has a great way of switching our moods and thoughts.
Taking a break gives you the opportunity to to relax and recharge. This will take the edge off and release the pent-up pressure from your daily responsibilities. Learning to be “in the moment” is crucial to your own personal sense of happiness.
It is essential to your survival and your sanity; and the best thing for you and your family. You will be able to discover a calmer version of yourself when you have that time to yourself.
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