When life gets busy or stressful you would think the first response would be to look after ourselves but the opposite is often true. Putting yourself last to save time is not a great idea. We need more energy, calmer emotions, clear thinking and more compassion when faced with pressure. The intention to improve ‘self care’ can support you in handling things in a much more productive way.
I remember when our 4 daughters were little. I wasn’t getting much sleep and I felt tired every day. A personal trainer called in and asked me to set some goals before our 1/2 hr fitness session. I didn’t have any clear goals nor the energy to participate in a very strenuous workout. 6 weeks later we met again after my commitment to the suggested sit-ups, walks and weight lifting program. The light bulb moment was when looking at my goals again. I had clear and exciting goals ready to write down. The exercise had inspired motivation, drive and passion.
We each need to find what keeps us feeling healthy, interested in our lives, grateful and enthusiastic. I believe we need to hold onto our creative hobbies, the friends that make us laugh and the individual interests we enjoy. Rather than spending time on these things when life feels like it is flowing well, add the fun and personal talents when the pressure is on.
I have witnessed clients who were feeling overwhelmed with their situation, feel healthier, happier and more energetic with the smallest of changes in their routine. Headaches, physical tightness, emotional tension and fears can subside when the ‘self’ is valued.
So try to care for yourself this week, as well as you care for those around you. Stop saying ‘no’ to you and start saying ‘yes’ to the activities you used to love. They could be more important than you realise.
When you bring a more relaxed approach to your environment, everyone benefits. You can’t do this running on empty!
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