Taking time for yourself is simple, if you do these three steps.
This past weekend, two of my good friends and I went to downtown Boston to do some last minute holiday shopping. We are all legally blind so a trip like this is definitely an adventure. Throw in some jokes, coffee, and sugar and we end up being entertainment for those around us.
We are all on a fixed budget so we appreciate these little moments coming together. We help out where we could by passing our blessings along to others. I cannot express how doing something small like an afternoon out with these lovely ladies can impact in such a huge way.
The past month has been super stressful for me with wedding planning, missing my fiancé, trying to seek out some extra work, and dealing with family drama. Then the holidays on top of everything! Let me tell you that I’ve been eating stress as a side dish each meal. My body is definitely at its limit. So this past weekend was the medicine that I needed to restore my mind, body and spirit.
Sometimes I have to step back and recognize my limits. How am I to get anything done towards my dreams if stress keeps my focus away? Everyone and everything begs for my time, but I have to keep coming back to these three steps to take my time back and make sure I’m at my best.
- Talk to someone that I trust. Whether it is my fiancé, friend, or trained counselor, I find that for me talking helps. I need to make sure that the person is trusted and doesn’t start blaming this person or that person but gives a lending ear and maybe some good advice if I need it. Sometimes just saying things out loud helps me recognize what needs changing or give a different perspective.
- Remembering to eat healthy and sleep enough. When hard times come, my eating and sleep are the first to be affected. In these times, I need to be extra careful on eating right and sleeping at least six hours of restful sleep. Leaving myself notes like “Did you have your veggies today” or “Time to turn off the computer” are great reminders to keep me on track.
- Surround myself with those who care about me. I learned many years ago to surround myself with healthy people who build each other up to greater heights. Walking away from friends and family who are negative or threatening to my wellbeing is essential to keeping a clear mind. Once I find the right people to keep in my life, we will always find time to hang out, go shopping, or grab a coffee.
Taking these three steps helps clear my mind and get me ready for more important things, like finding the best sale! When I’m renewed, I can help others as well.
Holidays will pass soon enough and we will be welcoming in 2017 in only a few weeks. See you next week!