It is important that you put yourself high on your list of priorities, make sure you make time for you. Time is precious to everyone, but it is not about taking hours out of your day, but making those special moments, when you are alone, count. A few minutes, a chance to reassess your focus for the day, can help in reducing the stress and the strain of modern life. We live in a fast-paced world, where often we are so busy with appointments, meetings and rushing to complete an every growing list of chores that you might forget to take some time for you.
Finding Time For You
You might think this is an impossible feat, one with no hope of success. However, if you continue with putting family and work above your own basic needs, you will quickly hit a wall. You will feel the pressure of everything that’s expected of you and it could claw its way into your mind and body making you unwell.
You become more susceptible to illness, mood swings and can lead you to depression and stress, all because you have put others before your own health and well-being.
It is not about having hours and hours of time where you can go out partying until the early hours of the morning. It could just be a few minutes extra in the shower unwinding and not wondering when the next child will burst through the door wanting to go to the toilet or to tell you something so important it can’t wait until you’re finished.
Finding that time for you will help; it can give your brain time to switch off and to refocus on the important aspects of life. It is about giving yourself time for you.
Stop Forgetting The Most Important Person
It might seem heartless or wrong to put yourself first but it is important, you can’t take care of your family, or go to work if you make yourself ill. You wouldn’t forget to feed your children or to not encourage them to play and get some exercise to make them fit, strong and healthy. So, why do you forget to include these items in your own day?
Start including yourself in your day, remember to eat a healthy diet, get some exercise too. Looking after yourself is just as important as looking after the rest of your family. Think about your needs too, they are as important as your family and your job.
Finding The Time In The Day For You
It is possible to find these few extra minutes for you in your day. Getting up five minutes earlier to enjoy a cup of tea on your own is perfect. Locking the bathroom door when you go for a shower, this prevents children barging in on your time.
If you go without a break at work, try scheduling it in your diary. I have been in a job where you’re expected to go above and beyond and yet the manager always went home on time and even managed cigarette breaks in the day. When I realised these managers were putting their time before work time, I changed my day too. I ended up leaving the job shortly after because they were using my kindness to grow their own profits and I decided that day, my own needs were just as important as everyone else’s and an employer should respect their staff.
I am not encouraging you to give up work or to cause a disagreement in your work place, I am just emphasising a lesson I learned in the corporate world that I didn’t like. I was lucky enough that I could leave this employment without having a new job.
Therefore, if you are constantly putting the needs of others before your own, it could have a negative impact on your health; this isn’t good for you, your family or your job. Plan time for you in your day, it will benefit your whole family and could improve your work too.