”It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”
I often hear people complaining about a lack of time in their lives.
”I don’t have time to take a bath, no time for relaxation for me.”
”I barely have time to brush my teeth in the morning, let alone go to the gym.”
Does this sound like you? If I could give you just one word of advice, pause.
The main problem with this hectic lifestyle, is that we usually burn-out. Burn out can be emotional or physical. You could run yourself into a deep hole. Getting stressed easily, constant tiredness, exhaustion, anger and frustration at simple little things – these are all signs that you are burning out due to a busy lifestyle, with no ‘me-time’ involved. Learn to take time for you. Your emotional & physical well-being is of the utmost importance to you.
How can you look after other people, your children, husband, parents, if you are not happy? You can’t. If you are constantly providing for
people, yet never being granted or granting yourself some time to relax, you become
frustrated. It will be a cycle of with your frustration and resentment boiling for any favours you do.
You will wonder why, that even though you do so much good for others, you never feel any better for it? Is it because you are not allowing yourself the importunity to care for your own well-being? Most likely.
This situation may not be your own. You may not be someone whom is caring too much for others, but in-turn are doing loads in order to improve your
lifestyle, this is fine, but, there are limits to what you can cope with.
You know your own body and mind, if you feel like you’re on the verge of burning-out, step back, put yourself first, and practice some self-care. Everything else can wait.
Here are some brief ‘Self-Care’ tips for you, implement them into your life, and reap the benefits. Trust me.
- Go for a Walk, or a Run, whichever is best for you.
- Beast yourself at the gym, work up a sweat and release those damn endorphin’s.
- Simply, take a bubble bath. Soak in there for just as-long as you want, until those funny wrinkles appear on your fingers. There is no time-frame on your me-time. This is your time, don’t rush it.
- If you’re a beauty orientated person, clean your make-up brushes, paint your toe-nails, practice some new make-up looks.
- Each night, unwind with a hot cup of something, and take time to just relax.
- Take a nap. Rejuvenate, wake up, grab a book, the Bible even, and read it in bed, or catch-up on a Netflix series. Pyjamas, Bed-socks and a large cup of Tea.
- For days of low self-esteem, write a list of 5 things you love about yourself, or 5 things you’re grateful for. This is an instant mood booster.
- Pray. Meditate. Stretch. Breathe consciously.
- Go for a coffee, either alone or with a friend.
Lastly, remember that self-care is your birthright. You deserve happiness and peace, you shouldn’t have to fight for it. If anyone ever makes you feel guilty for taking care
of yourself, ignore it.
”With every act of self-care, your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker.
Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side each day I am more and more on my own side.” Susan Weiss Berry
Peace and love,