How often do you find your mind racing with all of the busyness of work – what calls do I need to make today, what meetings do I need to schedule or attend, what deadlines must I meet today, what emails do I need to reply to or send…and that’s just the business side of life! Add to that your personal to-dos, and you find yourself in need of more hours in the day to get it all accomplished. Why not try adding this to your next to-do list: time for ME. Did you make time for yourself today? I learned the hard way and early in my journey that it is essential to make time for yourself each day.
Refresh and Energize
You simply cannot give your best to your work or loved ones when you are burned out! When you are maxed out, it is important to make time for yourself to regain peace and clarity. Your work will improve, and you will be better able to respond to your clients and your family when your mind has had some room to come down for a break.
Then there’s the famous question, “How in the world am I supposed to find time for me when I can’t find time to get everything else on my plate done?” And here is the million-dollar answer: SCHEDULE IT AND DON’T SKIP IT! I know it sounds like an overly simple solution, but for many, this will be an ongoing learning process. Think of this new task as having the same priority level that everything else has today. Don’t bump time for yourself because who are you kidding, if you continue to do so, it will never happen! Give yourself permission to start small. Perhaps you begin with 10-15 minutes and work your way up to a time that is comfortable for you and works with your schedule.
Ways to Make Time For Yourself
Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
- Take a short walk
- Sit outside and enjoy nature
- Listen to some calming music, close your eyes, and clear your mind
- Use a cooling eye mask
- List three things you are grateful for
Notice I did NOT suggest checking your email, social media, or texting a friend. Detach from all of the distractions of life, breathe, and relax.
So…what does your day look like today? Don’t wait until you are already burnt out before scheduling a date with yourself. Do yourself a favor, give your mind a break, and take some time to re-energize. You are worth it!