I know I can get wordy on these things. Well, let’s face it—MOST of the time I’m VERY wordy when I post. Today I’m going to [try to] keep it short and sweet. Not focusing on eating or exercising, I’m looking again at inner wellbeing.
This week’s tip is one that I think many of us forget to do, but it’s crucial in being physically, emotionally, and mentally fit. Regardless of what you do, how old you are, whether you have children or not, or what your gender is, you are being pulled in different directions.
Let me give you an example: I am a wife to an amazingly wonderful husband, mom of 2, teacher at an alternative high school, youth leader at church, leader for women and married couples, friend, writer, speaker on occasion, a [sometimes] cake decorator, and whatever else people need. It sounds like a lot, but I’m not doing all of that at the same time. My point is that regardless of whether I’m at home or working, writing a book, blogging, answering my phone or texts or emails, playing with my kids or going to church, I’m pouring into people. I absolutely LOVE that I get to do that for God.
You do the same thing. No matter what it is, you are giving a little of yourself to each person requiring your attention. You probably love what you do, too. However, do you sometimes feel a little drained?
Tip of the Week
Take time for yourself. It’s vital. God wants us to pour into others and be the best we can be at whatever it is we are called to do and at whatever age we are. However, if you are drained, then you aren’t able to be your best at any of those things. You can’t give what you don’t have. You need a break, so find something you enjoy doing – alone! I know some people think a “girls night out” or something similar gives them the break they need, but it really doesn’t (although those are great too).
When I say “take time for yourself,” I also mean by yourself. If you’re with friends, there’s a very good chance you’ll find yourself pouring into someone again. Here are some ideas:
- Go to Starbucks and read a book (although if you’re like me, you have to find one that’s nowhere near your house because you’ll inevitably see someone you know)
- Go for a run or take a fun class at the gym – without a friend. I know it sounds backwards because you feel tired and drained, but it works!
- Lock your bathroom door and take a long shower or bubble bath until you run out of hot water.
- Head to the pool by yourself and lay back with your favorite playlist on shuffle.
- Go shopping. You don’t have to buy anything. Just go and enjoy time with yourself.
- Color. I love grabbing my kids’ coloring books and just coloring a picture. It reminds me of being a kid again, and it’s relaxing because my brain never has to work.
- Journal. Go to a quiet area inside or outside and just write your thoughts, your dreams, or your blessings.
Whatever it is you choose to do, make it a point to do it on a regular basis. You are worth too much to allow yourself to become so drained you can’t be your best. Be comfortable with spending time with yourself so you can be replenished.
How will you take time for yourself in this upcoming week?