When you’re not used to taking care of yourself, self-care first feels like a task, then it becomes a habit, then it becomes a need.
In a world that’s always on the go and forces that agenda on everyone, it’s hard to make time for yourself and understand that making time for yourself isn’t a bad thing but rather something that should be done daily.
I will be honest, it took a while for me to understand this for myself.
As most moms can attest, asking for a break or even feeling like I needed one made me feel guilty. I was being a full-time mom, working a full-time job, and in school full time because I felt like I needed to use every ounce of the day doing something.
My life changed drastically when I completed school and had all this free time on my hands. My anxiety got so out of control I had to be medicated, and even worse I felt like a failure (after getting my masters degree!) due to having so much time and nothing to do with it! (crazy I know !)
Now that I have taken the time to really slow down and embrace it.
I’ve read more books than I have since high school and I am even a better mother to my children.
The breaks realign me with who I am and when I can connect with who I am I have much more to give.
To all my readers today I encourage you to do a little self-care this week, quiet the world and focus on your needs. It’s okay we all need a break sometimes!
Here are some suggestions to get you started!
- Set aside a day or time when you naturally have time to yourself.
- Make an appointment to spend time with yourself (trust me it goes from feeling like a job to being a welcomed break!)
- Take out a journal or notebook and write some things you use to do that you would like to get back to.
- Start that hobby you have put off for years due to not having time
- Simply GO FOR IT !!