Do you ever feel guilty taking time for yourself?
Here’s why you don’t have to “earn” me-time or feel guilty about taking it.
It’s so easy to make [fill in the blank] your whole life. Whether it’s work, kids, caring for others or home improvement projects, it can be hard to disconnect and take a step back. If we’re not putting our energy into something, we feel guilty, selfish, wasteful.
But it’s shouldn’t be that way. In fact, it’s a nasty recipe for burnout.
As much as you you might love your work, etc, it can become consuming and stressful if you let it. That email can probably wait a few hours or even until the next business day, if needed, so you can knock off a little early and make time for you.
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Head to the gym, go to the farmers market, read a book, make a nice meal, go for bike ride, meditate, work on personal goals…get enough sleep. Whatever is important to you, schedule in the time for yourself. Take time away from “being busy” to relax and do something you enjoy (that has nothing to do with deadlines, homework or responding to emails) and that makes you a better person from the inside- out.
It’s not only better for your brain to disconnect, it’s better for your overall health to step away and make time for YOU….before you have nothing left to give. Psychologists agree self-care is effective against all kinds of external stress.
Because, if you’re not caring for yourself emotionally, mentally and physically, how can you give it your all in your work, for your kids or for others?
It’s like the oxygen mask that drops down on the airplane- you have to put your oxygen mask on first.
Even if it’s just taking five minutes to get up from your desk every hour for a little stretch break or scheduling in your workout (and then not cancelling on yourself). In the end, carving out time for yourself (and actually taking it) will help you be a better employee, parent, etc.
Do you struggle with taking time for yourself?
In our busy world of endless to-do’s, it’s essential to give yourself permission to take a mini time-out and recharge your batteries. Doing so will help you prevent burnout, reduce stress and refocus your energy.
Your time and your energy is precious and should be respected. Because, if we treat ourselves as less important, it’s likely that same response will be mirrored back by colleagues, family and friends.
Your needs matter. Self-care matters.
Especially as a parent, you want to ensure that your children know that they deserve the same quality of care and attention as everyone and everything else… help them feel confident about making the time for themselves by leading by example.
Put your oxygen mask on first.