I hope all of you mothers out there have had a relaxing Mother’s Day. Maybe you’ve had some time to yourself or been cooked for or even pampered a little. Whatever your day’s been like (and whether you’ve celebrated Mother’s Day or not) I hope you’ve been given the space for some you-time.
Because, let’s face it, tomorrow we’ll be back to ‘normal’ running around trying to juggle our businesses/work and our families and probably putting ourselves last again! While this may seem like the only way to get everything done, how good is it really for us to work this way?
Being over-worked (whether it’s business or family) can make us tired, unproductive and can ultimately make us ill. So why don’t we get enough me-time on a regular basis? Why do we put ourselves to the bottom of the list and how do we get out of that trap?
One of the most obvious reasons is that we tend to feel guilty if we take time for ourselves. There is always so much to do that just stopping and taking time for us seems selfish and almost a waste of time.
There also seems to be so many demands on our time that it seems impossible to fit in even the tiniest amount of relaxation for ourselves.
But fitting it in we must! In fact it can be just the thing we need to help re-focus our minds; give us more energy and help us become more productive. So how do we make sure this happens more regularly?
The only way that works for me is to schedule it in to my weekly plan. For example: one morning a week I have an hour and a half of dedicated yoga time and it has to be something extremely urgent for me to miss it. It makes me feel calm and energised all at the same time. But I know I simply wouldn’t do it if I didn’t write it in my diary and commit to it every week.
In fact scheduling it in makes it an essential part of my week not a luxury that I feel guilty for doing.
Blocking out specific times each day (or a couple of days a week) will make a huge difference to your feelings of overwhelm and your stress levels and will ultimately help you cope with the demands of your business and family.
- Book time slots in your diary (even if they are only for 20 minutes) every week for you-time
- Make them part of your to-do list so that they become a habit and not a guilty pleasure
- Don’t feel guilty! Taking time for you will benefit your family and your business
And if you’re stuck for things to do in your you-time (which I doubt! ) here are a few suggestions:
- Read (non-business books!)
- Exercise (a brief walk or something more energetic!)
- Take a power nap
- Or simply sit on your sofa with your cup of tea or coffee and just breathe for a few minutes!
There are so many benefits to taking time out for you but the only way to make sure they happen is to plan them in advance.
So let’s try to take a little more time out for us and have a small slice of that Mother’s Day feeling every day of the year!