This week's R.I.S.E. (Recovery Inspiration Strength Exercise) is to give yourself some "Me Time" every day.
Life is hectic. It keeps us running. As we tend to our many obligations, we often put ourselves on the back burner ... quickly slipping lower and lower on our own priority list. It doesn't take long to find ourselves overwhelmed, tired, and even disheartened.
Everyone needs to recharge. Add recovery efforts to the mix and recharging takes on yet another layer of importance. We cannot be any good to anyone (including ourselves) if we're worn out and discouraged. Taking "me time" is healthy for our spirits, minds, bodies, and our recovery. It's even beneficial for those who share our daily lives.
Where can you find the time to devote to yourself when your days are already filled to the brim?
Taking time for yourself doesn't have to be an hour long obligation (but if you've got an hour, take it!).
Me time can be as simple as taking 15 (more is better) minutes to:
- sip a cup of your favorite tea, undisturbed, feet up, relaxing.
- read a few pages of a delicious book while waiting for your child to get out of (drama, band, sports) practice.
- grab some headphones and listen to your favorite music or relaxation cd while walking the dog (as long as you enjoy walking the dog).
Do not feel guilty for giving this to yourself. It's not selfish to take care of yourself. It's necessary. Like the saying goes, it's time to put yourself at the top of your own priority list.
So, just some simple ground rules:
- during me time you must let go of all the things your mind is juggling or worrying about.
- you cannot devote this time to a chore, task, or phone call that's waiting for your attention.
- let it be known to those who share your home that this time is sacred and you're not to be disturbed. They'll catch on after a few times (if you have little ones, let another adult be in charge while you are taking care of you).
- Be alone during this time. It's too easy to be distracted if you're not.
- Do this EVERY day (more than once if you can).
- Enjoy your time!
You are going to be amazed at what a difference letting go of your obligations, and giving yourself a little much need attention for a few minutes, can make in how you feel and function.
Have fun with it!
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