You’ve heard it over and over again – Take care of yourself first so you have the strength and energy to take care of others. There have been books written, songs sung and poems read about this topic. Even the airlines announce in their safety tips: put on your oxygen mask first before assisting anyone else.
We all know it’s important, yet so very hard to do. Why? How can we learn to pamper ourselves without feeling guilty?
Well, if you have a tendency to take care of everyone else first, putting yourself last, try this:
Start small. Take just a few minutes each day for yourself. Pick one thing you like to do. Something simple like drink a cup of coffee, read a book, listen to music. Notice that I said take “just a few minutes,” so before you start shouting: I DON’T HAVE THE TIME, think about just 5minutes. That’s it – nothing more. 5 minutes is long enough to hear one song or read a couple of pages or just sit quietly and do nothing. Try it for one week. Then, if you feel comfortable with that, add a couple more minutes onto your “me” time each week. If that’s too much, then scale back and add a couple of minutes each month.
The point is to carve out just a little time for yourself and do something you love to do. And no, that doesn’t mean folding the laundry or planning tomorrow’s meals. This is time for you and you alone – no one else.
Out of 1,440 minutes in each and every day, I bet you can find just 5 for yourself. Thinks about it; give it a try. Put on your Diva Cape and set the timer for 5 minutes!