I’ll be honest, friends: I’m tired. Physically, mentally, emotionally, I am exhausted. And I know I’ve said it before on this blog (and I’m sure I’ll say it again), but the world can really wear me down. It seems like every single week, something happens in the world that makes me sad, angry, upset or hopeless. And that’s without introducing anything from own life into the mix! While I haven’t really figured out how to handle these new challenges, I know what it starts with: taking time for what I need.
This isn’t a post about self-care or wellness, or even taking care of yourself. This is about making time for yourself. It might not sound like there’s a big difference between these ideas, but to me there is. I’ve had a pretty busy few weeks in my own life, and as someone who is both introverted and experiences anxiety, I knew that I would need some time to settle myself, relax if possible, and try to find my balance again.
But there’s something that’s a little difficult for me when it comes to taking time for myself. I don’t always know how or what to do, and somehow my time to myself becomes a stressful, complicated time that results in the opposite of what I was hoping to do.
There are a lot of things I know I need to work through, and I’m not afraid to say this is one of them. I don’t know how to take the time for myself because I’m afraid I won’t know how to do it well, and so I don’t end up taking the time…and then the cycle continues again the next time this happens.
Which is what leads me to the most important piece of the puzzle so far. When it comes to taking time for myself, my goal is to take pressure off what that time is, and instead focus on why I might need it. Some days, the world is just too much. Other days, I’m doing too much for my own good.
There are so many reasons why I might need time, but figuring out what those reasons are is never something I try to get to the bottom of – and it’s where I’d like to start. If I figure out why I feel the why I do, maybe that will help me get what I need. And at the end of the day, that might be what ends up helping me the most. Protect your peace this week my friends, and I hope you make time for yourselves.
How do you feel about the concept of making time for yourself? Is it as easy as it seems? Let me know in the comments!