When we make time for ourselves, lot’s of good things happen such as:
1. Renewed energy to give to our families and jobs.
2. Greater health
3. Feeling centered and balanced.
4. Creative juices start flowing
5. Feeling more connected to God or the Divine
6. Realizing your worth
7. Seeing the beauty all around you
8. Getting in touch with all of the many blessings in your life.
Yes, taking time for yourself is definitely worth it. How to pull it off? Like Nike, says: Just Do It!
1. Take that hot bath before you cook dinner for the family!
2. Establish your personal boundaries and be firm about them. For example, don’t allow colleagues, family members, neighbors, your kids, etc. take more of you than you can healthfully give. Say no to emotional vampires! If you don’t give in to them, they can’t suck the life blood out of you.
I really do believe we train others how to treat us. This is an issue worth working on!
3. Take an occasional mental day off from work. Why wait to be sick to take a sick day?
4. If there is a class you’ve always wanted to try, why not sign up for it? (Something comes in mind for me: dance fitness. I have been wanting to do this for years. It is time to do it!)
5. Sit outside with a book, magazine, or journal. There is just something about being part of nature. A few minutes out on my little back patio does wonders for me. I gaze up into the tall pine trees over our home, listen to the birds, enjoy the neighbors’ blooming azaleas, feel the breeze…ahhh..bliss!
It has been said that the beauty in music comes from the rests between the musical notes. How often do you permit yourself to rest between the busy notes of your life? Ours is a busy, noisy society, no doubt.
Unplugging from time to time is a well needed gift we can give ourselves. It is a chance to rest our bodies and minds, recharge our creative batteries, strengthen our connection with ourselves, nature, God, and loved ones.
What do I mean by “unplugging”? It may mean different things to different people. For me, unplugging means: no newspaper, no television, no computer (yes, that means no Warm Milk Journal, Twitter, Facebook…), time away from jobs and housework… it means time for silence and nature. Time to meditate and make love.
I got married last weekend and just got home from a week in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. One of my passions as many of you know, is writing posts for The Warm Milk Journal and keeping up with my pals on Twitter. My new husband enjoys keeping up with the stock market and his sports. Even though it was our honeymoon, John and I figured we would at least for a few afternoons during the week, find a coffeehouse with wireless internet, and “plug in” for a short time while we enjoyed our afternoon coffee: check the stockmarket, the latest happening of March Madness basketball, write a short post for The Warm Milk Journal, post a tweet or two…
Well, a funny thing happened. Once we got used to the silence (we were staying in a remote mountain cabin NorthWest of Asheville that had no cell phone signal, no internet, no television, just one radio station which was NPR which was fine for playing classical and jazz music at night)- we settled into a special place.
I accepted the fact that the world would not stop turning on its axis if I was not on the computer for a week.
So, we got home last night. My Twitter friends are still there. The Warm Milk Journal enjoyed record breaking traffic while I was playing and doing nothing in the North Carolina mountains. Go figure!
Give yourself permission to unplug once in a while (or better yet- frequently!)
God bless and have a beautiful day,
Debra : )
There are some days we are just not inspired to do much. And that is perfectly okay. This is Sunday, The day of rest. Here are some ways to be lazy today:
Giving ourselves permission to be lazy for the day is quite healing, really. Our batteries have a chance to recharge and we will have more to give to our activity filled week.
Debra : )
We all have high level energy days and low energy level days. When we feel good and have a lot of energy it is easier to tackle whatever life has for us. We feel more competent and confident. We feel more “on top” of things!
What happens to us though on our low days? We still have the same life, same circumstances, responsibilities, goals, etc. Somehow it all feels more overwhelming when we don’t feel our best, doesn’t it? When I feel low (from lack of sleep, being sick, time of the month, or just in a low mood), I feel daunted by things which on better days I am feeling great about. It is strange. It is almost like I am two different people. On these low days, my brain almost wants to shut down because I feel like I just can’t do it all or really any of it (if I feel bad enough).
Here are some thoughts about how to handle these low days: