Enough is Enough: It’s Time to Start Taking Care of Yourself
We live in a society that's always on the go, and at times it can be a little overwhelming. If you're stressed from work, or if you're trying to balance a bunch of different things at once and you just feel like you can’t do it anymore, then it’s time to take a step back. Just like I discussed in Take a Chill Pill, sometimes it's necessary to take a damn break! I know that a lot of people go through this and some even feel guilty. The truth is that you have absolutely nothing to feel bad about, and everyone needs to take care of themselves from time to time. So if you are ready to start putting yourself first, then you can find some helpful tips below.
1. Set Times Where You Don’t Work
When you're constantly focused on work, you probably won’t be focusing enough on taking care of yourself. You really do need to set specific times where you take care of yourself, and then times when you take care of your family. For example, when I'm not blogging or being an author, I'm working a full-time job. I constantly get work emails sent to my phone, and if I allowed myself to, I'd never stop working. I set a personal rule that any work email sent after 6pm can be answered the next day. You have to make sure that you set a time that works for you and stick to it! Give yourself a chance to unwind and enjoy... LIFE. There are plenty of things that you can do to try and unwind after a long day. Try running a bath, reading a book by candlelight or even watching your favourite show in bed without any interruptions. If you don’t give yourself some “you” time then the pressure will continue to get you down.
Ah, good ole' fitness! By now, any of my readers know that I have a love-hate relationship with working out. Lately, I'm happy to say that I'm in my love phase. Working out can be a great stress reliever and one of the best ways to practice self-care. I will say, it takes some time and dedication. You may find that when you work all the time, you just don’t have the time to look after yourself. Check out your local gym or invest in some home workout equipment. If you don’t have the money to invest in an exercise machine for your home, then consider getting some fast cash, because it’s important to treat yourself from time to time!
This is one that I'm trying to work on - meditation. Who couldn't use a little more zen in their life? When you meditate, you can eliminate negative energy, allowing you to take the time to focus on the more positive aspects of your life. When you do meditate, it’s important that you have a time or a place where you are not going to be interrupted or else you won’t get the best result. You could even try and use some aromatherapy oils to soothe your mood as well, and this is a brilliant way for you to really get into the right, stress-free mindset.
Other things that you can do include giving yourself enough time to sleep at night, and not pushing yourself every single day. Instead of running around after the kids in the morning, try and plan in advance, and get everyone involved in the household chores that you have. After all, it’s not all on you to keep everything together, and you probably have a huge support network at home that is waiting to share some of the load.
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