Your much-needed me-time is more important than you think.
If you are like me, you have a lot on your plate and making time for yourself isn’t always at the top of your to-do list. I always think that once I clean the house, make dinner, do the dishes, fold the laundry, run my errands and finish all my other chores that I can take five minutes for myself. Sadly, this is actually really damaging. I discovered over the past few months that I usually don’t get all of that done in a day which means I push it off another day along with taking no time to relax. My husband got so sick of this that we now schedule “relaxing time” during the week so I paint my nails, sit in a bubble bath, or read my favorite book on my kindle. At first, I thought I was being incredibly selfish. How could I lay around when there is so much else to do?
The importance of a sane mind
I thought about this concept more when a friend was asking advice on how to work out around her endless list of errands and work schedule. She told me how much exercise helps her de-stress for her overwhelming amount of chores and tasks around her house. I sat there thoughtfully and then I said something that was probably more for me than for her:
“Taking time for yourself is more important than attempting to do everything. It’s better to tackle one thing at a time after being refreshed than doing everything stressed. That’s what I have to do in order to fit everything in that I want to do.”
I ended up answering my own question, but how true is that? Once I settle my brain, I feel like I can conquer the world! Making time for yourself is one of the most valuable things you can do each day. It comes back to the phrase “If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.” I’m not a mother yet, but we have control on how the environment in our home is going to be for the day. There’s been plenty of times where Taz has told me to go start a bubble bath or gives me a shoulder rub because he can tell where my level of stress is at.
Once I started having a few times a week to myself, my mood has drastically changed. I’m happier and less overwhelmed. I don’t have constant tension migraines like usual and I don’t lose it over the little things. Of course we still have to fulfill our to-do list. However, a few minutes to ourselves can really affect how we spend the hours of the day. Start making time for yourself this week and see the difference it can make in your life.