Do you – hand on heart – take enough time out for yourself?
I’m becoming more and more convinced of how important it is to give yourself ample ‘down time’ in order to relax, switch your brain off from work and recharge your batteries.
I’ve noticed that many of the women that I work with – especially those with young families – find it a real challenge to take any time out for themselves. They’ve got into the habit of putting everyone else’s needs first and can’t see how they can carve out any ‘me time’.
The self-employed can be equally challenged. I know only too well the perils of running your own business – how all consuming it can be – and how very hard it can be to switch your brain off from thinking about work.
Here’s a great analogy: If you’ve flown on a commercial airliner you’ll be familiar with the ‘oxygen mask’ demonstration and you’ll probably have noticed that they always instruct you to make sure that your own mask is fitted before seeing to your children? Well, in life the same principle applies.
You NEED to take care of yourself first in order to be able to care for those around you – be it your family, your friends or your clients. You just can’t work as effectively if you’re exhausted and drained.
So, for the next week, see if you can find a way to make some space for yourself – you may have to get a bit creative and enlist the help and support of others – family, friends – to allow you to have some ‘down time’ – even if it’s just a Sunday morning or an evening to yourself.
Put on your oxygen mask, breathe deeply, and have a great week!
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