Take Time for Yourself

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The world is chaotic. It seems like there is always something that you haven’t crossed off your to-do list. We have the dream in our hearts to make a positive impact on the world and the fire in our soul to get it accomplished, but sometimes we just run out of time.

When we begin to run low on time, or when we simply don’t stop working, we begin to feel a bit down. Our mental and physical health is impacted by working 24/7. If you’re rolling your eyes, thinking that you don’t work all day everyday, let me ask you a question: When you aren’t working, are you thinking about what you need to get finished?

Just because we aren’t constantly in motion doesn’t mean that our work and goals aren’t taking an impact on our health. Don’t get me wrong, I love having goals. Goals are a wonder{full} thing and I pray that each of you achieves your dreams! However, we have to learn how to slow down and take time away from our goals. We have to take time away from everyone and everything — we have to learn how to rest.

As a counselor-in-training, I have learned a lot about the importance of self-care. I have also learned that most of us do not engage in self-care as often as we should.

If you’re wondering what self-care is, I’m about to blow your mind. Self-care refers to the moments that you take time to yourself to do what you love. Yes, you! It’s the moment where you slow down and rest. It’s the time where you refuel. 

Have you ever tried to pour water from an empty cup? You can’t, right? Well, when you don’t take time to participate in self-care, you’re ultimately trying to pour water out of an empty cup. You have to take time to refuel. You have to give your mind and body a break from all the work and stress that you endure on a daily basis.

If you haven’t knowingly engaged in self-care, I am urging you to please create a self-care plan. A self-care plan is simply a list of things that YOU enjoy doing. You create that list and find time during your week to do something that you’ve written on it.

Are you unsure about what sorts of activities you could put on your list? I will share my self-care plan to give you a better idea about things that you can do. However, keep in mind that I have created this list for me personally. You need to create a list of activities that are relaxing for you.

  1. Reading: Whether I am reading in the Word or reading my favorite book of the moment, I find it relaxing. Personally, I love diving into a completely different world and living as a different person for a moment. I can think of no better way to break away from thinking about my current life stressors.
  2. Bubble baths + wine: Okay, if I am going to take a bubble bath I will have a glass of wine in my hand. Combining those two things is just the most pleasant experience. I love to take time — multiple times a week — to sit in the bubble bath and enjoy a nice glass of wine.
  3. Walk: If you follow my blog at all, you know that I have an adorable companion named Jackson. Walking Jackson is one of my self-care activities. I love spending time with my dog, I love breathing in the fresh air, and I love getting my heart rate up. Although I am physically moving my body during this activity, my mind is at rest.

Now, take out a pen and a piece of paper and write your self-care plan! Please begin taking time to care for yourself. YOU are important. You can begin to fill the world and people around you with more positivity and love once you refill yourself.

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