How often do you take “YOU” time? A lot of folks call it self-care but I prefer to call it “ME TIME”
Whatever words you use to describe it, let me ask you again, how often do you take it?
My guess is it’s not something you prioritize and I want to challenge you to do something about that.
You can’t give to others if you are empty, so keep finding ways to care for YOU and you will be happier.- Jenn Haston
It’s the beginning of the year, so a great time to focus on a new goal, or maybe an old goal that you haven’t quite gotten off the ground.
Approximately, 3 years ago, I was bemoaning the levels of stress that come from marriage and parenthood and really just life getting me down and out, when a dear friend, and fellow artist suggested I try mediation. I really didn’t expect it work for me, because I despise yoga and it’s yoga-adjacent, but 821 days later, I can honestly say it does work.
A big part of why it works is that streak.
I am competitive (sometimes to a fault, I will admit) even with myself so in this case it really spurred me on to keep at it, and even when I didn’t “feel like it” that streak would spur me on to be consistent about it.
Just yesterday, I noticed how much calmer I have become in general, and how it takes more to rattle me. Note, that I said “it takes more to rattle me” not that I am no longer rattled. Yesterday, was one of those days that things just didn’t pan out the way I wanted them to and instead of just noticing “oh there’s a feeling of frustration, that’s what’s going on right now”
I got really mad (as humans do) and super stressed, and did my best to run around and move in 17 directions to preserve my plans in the face of “life happening” which in retrospect seems very silly and all of those feels were valid, they just weren’t very productive in solving the deeper issue which was the loss of my “ME TIME”
It’s amazing what a good heart to heart with your family and some chocolate milk will do to help you to right your ship/world.
Chocolate milk is not always the answer, AND sometimes it’s good to comfort that 5 year old who is stamping her foot and no longer 5, so giving in to her now, is actually an act of self-care.
****Vivienne, do not get any ideas! *****
But this post is about you, dear readers, and how you take care of you, or put another way “fill up”- this is anything that helps you connect to your truest self.
Maybe it’s carving out a block of me time to be an artist,
or writing a blog post.
It might be taking a walk outside
or insisting on leaving the office on time and even taking a planned day off, or half day, (see above, that doesn’t always work out) and it’s important to try)
It might be (bliss) seeing a movie all by yourself!
Whatever it might be, and you get to define what self-care means to you.
I strongly encourage you to figure it out and start by scheduling an hour a week to do something you really want to do but don’t, because of — insert household chore or life obligation here– then make a conscious effort to make a plan to do that thing and actually put it on your calendar as an appointment.
I know it feels silly to plan “self-care” and if you didn’t forget to do it, you wouldn’t need to schedule it, now would you?
We schedule appointments for everything else, why not for YOU TIME? Don’t You Deserve That?
Think About It.
Now go update your calendar!