Thursday Thoughts ~ Making Time

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?


6 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts ~ Making Time

  1. Ah yes. So important! Only trouble is, I have too much I want to do on those days, so I end up just staring at the list not even knowing where to start. Might have to go deeper into the planning in order to actually get something worthwhile done.

    • Nienna wow! It has been ages. So nice to see you! Oh I know what you mean. I have way too much on my want to do list. That’s where the schedule came in handy for me. I realized that I had to let some of it slide for now…it was either that or continue to stay stuck doing very little. Thanks for coming by. I need to check your Facebook page to see if you’re still keeping a blog. 🙂

  2. God, we are so alike. I hate schedules too but if I don’t have some form of one I procrastinate like hell. So then…I should go to the gym…? And I should have a nice aromatherapy massage, shouldn’t I? 🙂

    • Ha…Jules you should definitely do the aromatherapy massage. I know! It’s so easy to procrastinate, but my wheels were spinning so fast that I was about to go off the rails if I didn’t do something. Still going at a pretty crazy pace but at least it’s somewhat ordered now. 😉

  3. I pretty much have every day to myself except for the weekly obligation over at my mom’s where I get my self esteem so beat up I feel like crap when I leave. That’s why I indulge so much in my day trips.

    • Sorry to hear that your mom is still being so hateful JoJo. I pretty much have every day to myself too, but I think it’s important to take time to do things that nurture us…like your day trips. 🙂

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