With the fast pace of most of our lives, it can be a challenge to make time for just about anything. I wrote several weeks ago about prioritizing, so I didn’t want you to think that I’m about to write about the same thing. This week, I want to talk about making time for ourselves. Taking care of ourselves, whether it is physically, spiritually, or emotionally is often the last thing on our list.
No matter how well we schedule our time so that we can manage our work and social lives, we often neglect scheduling time for self-care. I know that scheduling takes the fun out of a lot of things, trust me, I really dislike schedules and have resisted making and following one for ages. Finally though, I’ve found that I just had to do it. Either that, or continue to neglect myself, which is no longer an option.
I’ve scheduled one day a week for taking care of myself emotionally and spiritually. This includes working through some classes that I’ve signed on for and barely touched. These are classes that I love. It’s just that I wasn’t taking or making the time for them. I’m going to spend that day reading, lying around watching movies, or simply sitting in a window watching it rain. The point is…that is my day. I’ve finally seen myself as someone worth making time for.
Many of you can’t have an entire day. I’ll be the first to admit that I have it pretty lucky in that respect. However, even if it’s only a few hours or so on a weekend day…please do schedule yourself in. Do something that simply makes you feel good. Something that lets you know that you are alive…that you matter…something just for you.
One important thing to keep in mind however, is flexibility. We might have to alter our plans once in a while and we have to be okay with that. Otherwise, we are defeating ourselves by turning our lofty goal into another source of stress and we don’t want that. Remember…nothing in this life is carved in stone. This is simply about seeing ourselves as worthy of caring for. After all, if we can’t see ourselves as valuable how can we expect anyone else to?
Are you ready to take the leap and put yourself on the calendar?