In today’s world, it seems that living life in the quick lane is the standard. No matter how much you like your work and how much it absorbs you, failing to focus on yourself will be counterproductive in the long run – the fewer effort we devote on ourselves, the worse our fitness and wellness would be.
Saying no is one of the most difficult things to do, particularly when we are trying to please someone. The responsibilities add up, and you find yourself drowning in a sea of never-ending projects.
There is no shame in acknowledging that you’re exhausted; you love your work, and you love becoming a parent or caregiver, but it can be exhausting at times. This is a situation that I’m sure all of us can relate to. In the past, I’ve said yes to so many things, just to be faced with a to-do list as long as my arm and a feeling of being absolutely overwhelmed with it all.
Taking a step back, being selfish, and relying on oneself from time to time may be one of the most selfless actions you can do for yourself.
When I say becoming selfish for your own good, I don’t mean being a total jerk and giving others the finger (although this might be necessary at times!). That is not, by any means, my point. I can satisfy my desires, spend time with the ones I love, reorganise and regroup my mind, and generally relax while I get some time to myself, no matter how brief.
In today’s environment, having time to yourself is such a gift, and prioritising yourself would do wonders with your stress levels and mental wellbeing. If you manage, take a day or half-day off and concentrate only on yourself. You become your first concern, and you devote some attention to the activities you enjoy.
Taking time for yourself may not have to break the bank. Are you really not convinced? Sitting down with a book and a cup of tea may be almost as relaxing as visiting a spa. Going for a stroll, meditation, baking, a stroll through the street, having a cocktail, watching a movie, a home pamper session, or a night in with the girls or loved ones – something that offers you that sense of escape – are always inexpensive ways to take time off.
I also know that my little one can have me on my toes with round-the-clock treatment and breastfeeding; let’s not mince words: it’ll be a struggle. Haley posted a lovely post about how vital it is to take time for yourself as a mum, and it’s something I intend to do as time allows.
Only a few moments to yourself in the day or week will make a huge change in your overall mood, and your body and mind can thank you later.
Do you set out time for yourself every now and then? Will you have remorse for what you’ve done?
What are some ways you practise being selfless to yourself?
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