Take Time For Yourself. You’ll Thank Me Later

It’s been a while since I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard if you prefer that analogy. But I’m still here and still ticking along. Sometimes I forget how cathartic it is to write your thoughts and feelings down. Some people journal and it’s something I’ve said I would embrace but unfortunately I’ve neglected it. I think its i started practicing self care more often.

Which brings me to the topic of this blog – taking some time for yourself. We are all guilty of battling through our daily lives and trying to balance work and family life. I’ve been guilty of lifting up the rug of life and sweeping all my worries and stresses under there in the hope of not having the deal with them in the near future. Of course this isn’t a solution and doesn’t solve anything.

Do you run yourself into a dead end of exhaustion and stress ? Don’t be too hard on yourself we all do it. Try prioritise yourself. Its ok be a little selfish sometimes. To be honest it’s not even selfishness taking time for yourself. Be present, listen to music, write, practice meditation, go for a walk, do whatever works for you. If you remember my very first blog when I wrote about using sport as an escapism. As it turns out I was using it as an avoidance. I realise that now. That doesn’t mean I can’t play or watch sport anymore, it just means I’m aware of its effect on me and now I take a different approach and mindset towards it. Now i can watch sport on tv and actually have a meaningful conversation with someone at the same time.

And this is the thing isn’t it ? Having a different mindset. I spoke to a psychiatrist recently and she told me that when I go out for a walk i should leave my earphones at home. Be present and mindful. Look at the flowers, animals, colours, people, buildings etc, acknowledge the smells in the air. Just be present. Give it a try and see if it helps.

I’m not perfect, far from it. And I have news for you, neither are you. But that’s ok. Nobody is. Even with all our imperfections we still tend to think we are invincible and can continue on this merry-go-round we call life. What I realised was if I’m feeling better and recharged then the people around me will benefit. Sounds simple and obvious doesn’t it ? We tend to overlook this part. You’re taking time for yourself to help the people around you.

I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical from blogging and podcasting the last while due to feeling burned out. I remember listening back to a podcast episode and hearing the tiredness in my voice. I knew instantly I needed a break. That’s a massive improvement for me to be aware I need to a take a break. I urge you to be more aware of your own body and rest when you feel you need too, you’ll thank me later.

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