I just got back from a wonderful birthday vacation and I’m feeling extra refreshed and rejuvenated!
Getting away from the hustle and bustle for a few days was peaceful and centering. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush of life and forget to check in and truly see how we’re doing.
Self-care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. But, it can also be one of the hardest things to find time for in the day. It very easily gets pushed to the back-burner or never even crosses our minds until we're so run down and exhausted that we can't move! We think that if we just keep pushing through, eventually we'll get the relax time we deserve. But in reality, its the relax time that we need to be able to keep going. That’s the kicker! If we go, go, go until there's nothing left, we will be burnt out and it will be so much harder to feel rejuvenated.
But don't worry, I have a super easy, quick way to get that reset you deserve, each and every day! You won't need to travel to Mexico to feel calmer and happier, and if you do go on vacation, you'll be even more prepped for relaxation while you're there!
Grab your cell phone and trust me on this one, technology is your friend this time...
Go to your Calendar, or Reminders or Alarm setting, whatever you feel most comfortable using, and set yourself a notification that will alert you each day to take some time for yourself. If this sounds scary or not do-able to you, start taking just a 5 minute time out. If you’re like, YES, let's do this!, then try 15, 30, whatever feels right for you! The key is to put it in your phone. Set the reminder NOW, and then follow through with it when the time comes. Make it a doable amount of time. It's better to get in 5 minutes than to shoot for 20 and consistently hit snooze and never get around to it. Make sure to set the reminder for a time when you will be able to actually do it to prevent the “I'll get to it later, I'm too busy right now” excuse. Do it right then and there. Stop what you’re doing, walk away, take some deep breaths, take a step outside, stretch, journal, meditate, do something that feels nourishing for you and your mind.
After the first few times you’ll start looking forward to your “you time” and then you can up the amount! Maybe eventually you won’t even need the reminders! We all need a littler reminder now and then though, so just keep plugging those alarms into your phone regularly and enjoy your daily mini vacation from the grind and your well deserved time to yourself.
With warmth and smiles,