We hear so much about the importance of self-care these days. We have to take care of ourselves. Minimize our stress, eat healthier, exercise and practice mindfulness. We all know what we should be doing, but how many of us are actually doing it?
Yes, we know that it’s important to take care of ourselves. The problem for many of us is finding the time to do it! Whether we are entrepreneurs, managers, employees, spouses or parents; there are always demands of our time. We can feel pulled in so many directions by the obligations we have to others that finding time for ourselves seems virtually impossible!
What we’ll learn if we’re not careful is that we cannot afford not to take care of ourselves. We risk burnout, illness or simple overwhelm and frustration if we don’t make time for rest and relaxation. Isn’t it better to take a day a week for yourself instead of being forced to stay in bed for a week or more because you didn’t listen to your body?
Have you ever been running yourself ragged and then get hit with the flu? That’s the body’s way of forcing you to take a well needed rest. I’m sure we all know people who will try to work through the sickness, refusing to take a break. If we know people like this, or maybe you’re one of those workaholics, then you know that if you don’t listen to your body, things can and often will get worse.
Often it’s the very things that we think we don’t have time for that we need the most. If we don’t take the time to rest our brains and our bodies, how can we expect to function at our optimal level for maximum performance? Our cars don’t run well on an empty tank or if we neglect to give it the proper maintenance, why do we think we can?
There’s nothing wrong with being passionate about a goal. It’s okay to get lost in a project. We can’t always plan for when the inspiration to hit or when the perfect opportunity will present itself for you to get closer to achieving your goals. We need to ensure that we nourish our mind, bodies and souls so that we are ready for whatever we encounter.
Self-care may seem like an indulgence for those with an abundance of time and money, but that isn’t really the case. While a day at the spa or a week retreat would be great, we can find things to do at home that can give us the down time we need. Whether it’s soaking in a bubble bath or taking an art class, find something that will take your mind off the routine day-to-day and provide you with the opportunity to recharge your batteries.
Making time for rest and relaxation is important to our success, no matter what it is we’re working towards. Don’t allow feelings of guilt to prevent you from taking time for yourself. If you want to be at 100% to achieve whatever it is you’re working towards, then you have to be willing to commit to giving yourself the time you need when you feel like your fuel is running low. You’ll be glad you did!