Take Time for Yourself!
In my work at The Women’s Wellness Center I spend a lot of time encouraging people to take some time for themselves. We’ve mentioned before that there are 1440 minutes in a day and we encourage people to try to carve out some of those minutes for themselves. Chances are, if you’re like me, this can be a challenge though. I truly feel blessed to be busy, but sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in everything going on and forget what’s truly important. I’ve learned not to let this allow me to spiral out of control though. One of the ways I do that is by setting a boundary and protecting some time for myself.
Just last week, I found my anxiety rising as deadlines loomed, but I knew I would feel better if I took 10 minutes to read my morning devotional and pray on it. I realized the importance of this time and knew it would help me re-focus and stay grounded. During this time I wasn’t paying attention to my phone or thinking about what I needed to pick up from the store. This was intentionally focused time I was spending to do something that nourished my soul. Sure enough, my anxiety dissipated and I had a great day. I take great comfort in supporting myself that way.
It’s incredibly easy in those times of overwhelm to convince ourselves we don’t have time to stop. We see the notifications, the appointments, the emails, the deadlines…. But this brings us back to those 1440 minutes in the day. 15 minutes is 1 percent of that. What if you spent just 1 percent of your day on yourself? What would you have time for? How would having time for that make you feel?
Maybe you would read, or stretch, or pray. Maybe you’d dance in front of the mirror, or make a really fancy snack.
Chances are, you know what you’re missing. Set a boundary and protect a few minutes for yourself to make that missing piece a part of your day! You matter, and you deserve to do things for you. Ditch the guilt. Say no every once in awhile. Yeah, life gets overwhelming, but at the end of the day, you need to be there for yourself and willing to protect your time so you can recharge and be who the world truly needs you to be.