Taking a little time each day for ourselves is a powerful tool for long term health.
You wake up, start your day, make breakfast, pack lunches, walk the dog. You are making sure everyone is set and taken care of, before you take the time for yourself. Then, rush out the door dropping the kids off at school, always getting stuck in the carpool lane, no matter how early you try to leave in the morning, your late. This is how your day progresses, rushing from one thing to the next, trying to get everything done, becoming stressed, overwhelmed, and by the end of the day, your done. Only to start over again the next morning.
Over time, stress builds up, you will notice it your moods, you may be quick to snap over anything. You may notice that when you take a break from work, your exhausted, that you end up home sick with a cold or flu. This is your bodies way of letting you know that you are out of balance. As a single mom of two teenagers, and newly self employed, I grasp the difficulties of finding balance.
Then something happens and nature has a way of letting us know that its time to bring our lives back into balance. Last weekend , here in the New England(Massachusetts, New Hampshire) area, we had a blizzard, 34.5inches of snow fell in a two day span. This gave most of us a large amount of time , not caught in the daily race, but home, possibly with no power. So, I took this time to reflect, spending a large amount of the weekend with the dog by the fire.
I enjoyed this time, we took long walks in the snow, plenty of time shoveling, and space to myself to read, write on my blog, and meditate. The key to having these reminders in our life, is what we do with them. Reflect on your space, see what it is, and where you can take some time to yourself. Maybe its meditation, reading, taking a walk, booking a massage, or yoga, that helps bring you into a space of calm. Schedule time in, maybe its 10-15 mins a day, or you set aside time every week for yourself. Overtime you will see that you will take that space of calm into your life, more and more everyday. The small things will be just that, small things.
So, stop, look at your life, are you in balance, or do you need a reminder. Start today, start small.
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