Taking Time for Yourself
In the busy world we live in it can be difficult to get time for yourself. I find that there is so much to do that I often leave myself last. Can you relate to this? In the short term this may work, but in the long term it is quite damaging. Damaging to your health, mental well being, relationships and even your productivity. I know this from personal experience. I have a packed life and I easily fall into the trap of overloading my schedule. Between work, business, army reserve, volunteer roles in scouting and studying when do I have time for family and myself? This year I have been reorganising my life and enjoying life more.
This is not something that you can fix overnight, but I am implementing a staged approach to achieve a healthier and more balanced life. This will even improve my productivity. My first step was to review all the roles in my life. Though this is an ongoing process I have decided to change some of the roles I hold and also the expectations of what I can achieve in those roles. In addition I have allocated time to myself for exercise, sleep, reading and thinking. I have found getting up early and taking a few hours for myself works best for me. This means that I am also going to bed earlier and getting more sleep. Now is this happening everyday? No….. There is still days that I do not keep to the schedule, but for the most part I have been.
Though I am only on the start of my journey to taking time for myself and taking better care of myself, I have been feeling better, more energised and even been more productive. By doing less, I have been able to do what I am doing better. I have heard for years that you need to take care of yourself and I have paid lip service to this.However it truly works. Since the beginning of the year I have lost ten kilograms, without weight loss even being my focus…. just by eating right and exercising. I am still a little overweight, but I am sure that my new regime will bring me to my healthy weight range this year, as I also increase my productivity in the areas of my life that I focus on.
- Have you been to busy to look after yourself?
- What is one thing that you can do to better care for yourself?
- How can you start to do that this week?