We have been taught that taking time out for ourselves is selfish. We put pressure on ourselves to be perfect and meet our own extreme expectations.
Most people in our culture feel the need to be going all the time. If we are not working and putting our energy into something, we believe we are wasting time.
Especially during the holiday season…
Yet in order to be able to support and care for others, we must first take good care of ourselves.
If we feel healthy, happy, and energised– instead of exhausted, unwell, and unhappy,- then we are generally in a much better position to love, support and nurture others.
Taking care of ourselves is a crucial part of living a full life that allows us to…
- Learn to just ‘be’ and to enjoy our own company
- Get to know ourselves better
- Be more open to self-growth
- Encourage us to stop and take time out from the chaos
- Take time to process or digest what has been happening and how you have been feeling, which will allow you to go to sleep more easily
- Avoid feeling exhausted, rushed, and run down
- Start feeling more energized, healthy, patient, creative, inspired, clear-headed and productive
- Relieve stress
- Recharge our batteries
Although feeling stressed out and burned out are pretty much “normal” in today’s society, extreme stress can lead to emotional problems—such as poor judgment, problems focusing, having a short temper, feeling overwhelmed, and being generally moody.
Extreme stress can also lead to physical health problems—such as rapid heartbeats, chest pains, gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack, and other aches and pains.
Stress can cause you to sleep too little, eat too much, or even turn to drugs and alcohol.
In order to avoid stress overload and burnout, you need to provide yourself some me time on a regular basis, even if only fifteen to thirty minutes each day.
This could mean getting a massage and a pedicure, doing thirty minutes of meditation, vegging out on the couch watching movies, going to the gym, going for a night out with friends.
Even this little amount of time will help improve your concentration, inspire your creativity and increase your happiness.
Having a career and hobbies and developing your talents will actually allow you to be more involved with the people around you.
“Me” time can help you avoid irritability, enable you to control your emotions, and improve your mood in general. This time will also help you have greater stamina and a better ability to concentrate.
So give yourself permission to take at least a half hour per day, just for yourself, every day…even if this simply means reading a book or watching the sun come up while enjoying a hot cup of coffee.