Most days I am in constant motion. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day. Between working out, taking care of the family and working, I am always going. My body gives me signs to slow down but I don't heed them. Eventually I become more agitated, resentful, stressed and downright evil. Everyone around me starts to notice a change and then I realize I have gone too far. I try to be there for everyone but I have neglected the person that needs me the most, ME.
I hate getting to that place because I don't like who I've become. So to avoid that, I make time just for me. I take at least one day per month where I don't get on the computer, don't talk on the phone, don't cook, clean, or do anything but just be. Sometimes I will run a bubble bath and play some music. Sometimes I will just go for a drive and listen to the wind. Other times I just sleep or just lay around thinking about nothing. I remove everything from my mind and just let my heart, soul, and mind be.
It is important to have that time to yourself. As a woman especially, we carry a lot on our shoulders. We try to be everything to everybody. But we can't do that on an empty tank. I know it is easier said than done but it is important to our survival. Even if you can't devote a full day just yet, take the time to slow down a little. Designate some of the things you do to other people. Take a few minutes to sit in peace either early in the morning or in the evening after the kids are in the bed. On your way to work, turn the radio off and just drive in the quiet and stillness of your car. Take an extra long shower and pamper yourself a little. The stuff will be there when you get back and you will be ready, refreshed, and better able to handle it all. Q