Take A Break

It was 4:30 AM and I was on the road,  again.  It was the second time that week. This combined with a few twelve hour work days and a few 7am “at the office” starts, I felt tired and a bit over worked. 

I thought, “Isn’t strange that things all seem to happen at once?”

Thankfully, all good stuff, yet I was taxed and tired.  I needed a break. The schedule was not to allow it for at least another week.

Something tells me I am not alone in this sort of experience…

Following up on the last post of offering yourself a treat when you accomplish goals, I found that I what needed was some serious self care, even in the midst of business, busy-ness.

Sometimes, I can be super hard on myself pushing, pushing, pushing and not taking time to rest or do things just for me.  

So, I tried this:  I scheduled in some down time.  And I realized, or noticed afterwards….

that when I take time to take care of myself, I feel more Energized and I am more Productive!” 

Other times, it’s not the busy that makes me crazed, but the insomnia. I don’t know about you but, sometimes sleep completely evades me.  And the next day, I  am a zombie!   Recently, I was feeling exhausted, yet, I really wanted to exercise.  I kept going back and forth in my mind, 

“Exercise? Nap?  Exercise? Nap?”

Ahhhh, the couch won out!  Get this, though.  I gave myself completely over.  I set the timer for thirty minutes. When I woke up, I laid there in a sleepy daze; but as the room came into focus and the sun streamed in, I suddenly felt more alive, than I had ALL day!

Then, I didn’t work out.  Instead, I walked my super snuggly dog.  And that felt even better than the work out!  

Still, that little guilt squeaked …”You NEED to work out.”  

I thanked the voice and promised,

“I’ll do it tomorrow.” 

Then, I just let it go.  The guilt subsided but the good vibrations from self care zoomed! 

I felt relaxed and rested.  This felt like something that was sustainable.

Later that evening, I had the energy to finish a letter and pay the bills.  I didn’t even feel resentful!  The self care I had performed early was still surging.  

I look at it like this, there are far too many HAVE TO’s.  And sometimes I resent have to’s.  If I can balance them with WANT TO’s and rest, I feel more balanced and overall more peaceful.  

So, what else can count as self care?  I say anything YOU count as self care is self care…. Taking a nap, daydreaming for 5 minutes, sleeping in an extra half hour, walking in the sunshine or the rain, watching your favorite show, getting a massage, taking a class, singing in the shower, talking on the phone with a friend, beauty treatments that make you feel good about you, journaling.  

Yes, my friends, self care is a MUST.  

It not only feels great in the moment it makes our personal lives more fulfilling and our business lives more productive.

Self Care on My Friends!

Shelly

Bee Keeper