Make time for yourself

photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

Raise your hand if you put other people’s needs in front of your own.

………………I see you out there……………………..

It’s OK. Most of us do; in fact we’re conditioned to do that. We’re socialized to think that making time for ourselves is selfish or narcissistic.

{look at her, always putting herself first}

No one wants to be that “her”.

Or do we?

She sure seems less stressed than I do. She even seems happy. Wow. I wonder what that’s about.

What if it wasn’t selfish to make time for yourself? What if making time for yourself actually helped you better take care of others?

I know that when I feel overwhelmed and stressed out, I tend to add things to my “to do” list, instead of subtract. It makes no sense, but I know that’s my pattern. I can get so stuck in that pattern of go-go-go, that I fall back into old perfectionist habits and create completely unreasonable lists that, quite honestly, make me feel worse about myself.

In those moments, if I can be present for just a brief second, what I know is that adding crazy things to my “to do” list is a sign that I need to make time for myself. I need to step away and read a magazine, go for a walk, call a friend…anything other than adding to that list.

I’m lucky to be in a place where I understand my triggers and my habits, but it took some time. I can’t promise that the presence and awareness comes overnight, but I can promise you that it does come, and making time for yourself is a big first step.

Thanks for being on this journey with me.
?, Lara

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