When we are trying to get going, particularly with a new venture, we often want to spend all our time working on that venture. This is really commendable, but it is also very important to make sure that the blinkers don’t come down and we fail to see what is going on around us.
I have been working very hard recently. At the end of the school year there is always plenty to do: paperwork to complete, books and work to tidy up and then to start to think about and prepare for the next academic year.
Add to that my own children finishing for the summer break – one finished a while ago so we are now awaiting the results of his GCSE exams at the end of August. They have their own activities to look forward to and prepare for and this can all take a toll on our own sanity and health.
One of the most important things we can do is to make sure that we take a little time for ourselves – some ‘me’ time.
This can be done in many ways and each of us knows what helps us the best. It might be something as simple as sitting down with a book, listening to music, going for a walk, having a relaxing bath. We should try to do this on a regular, if not daily basis.
Perhaps, even more importantly, particularly during these difficult economic times, we also need to take a more extended break if possible.
Now, I know that many will say “I can’t afford it” (financially or timewise), but that can put us onto a rocky road.
Even if we cannot physically go away on holiday, it is possible to have some time when we do things that we perhaps we wouldn’t normally do, to help us refresh our batteries and give us the ability to continue with our work.
A few days doing things we enjoy can make such a difference to our mood and well-being. For me it has been walking, visiting National Trust properties (houses, gardens, lansdscapes, coast) and generally living my life at a much slower pace.
What have you done recently to give yourself a boost?
Look at the place where you live with the eyes of someone visiting. Go to your local Tourist Information point and take leaflets about places to visit and things to do – many of them are free or low cost.
Take time for ourselves. Give ourselves the feel-good boost we need. Don’t feel guilty about not doing our work (it will still be there later). Build our dreams – find out what is important to us and what we really want.
There’s a good reason why, in the event of an emergency on an aeroplane, adults are told to put on their own oxygen masks before they put them on to their children.
We cannot drive ourselves to the position where we have no oxygen left to help ourselves or others.
We are all important. Let’s take care of ourselves too.