Working on Yourself
A year ago I tweeted about an article my friend Kelly shared with me titled 30 Things To Start Doing For Yourself. I had forgotten about it until it popped up on my Timehop today, which allowed me to re-visit and remember a lot of things I had meant to focus on. A lot of the 30 things resonate with me but one in particular was a good reminder....
#21. Start being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks. – Slow down. Breathe. Give yourself permission to pause, regroup and move forward with clarity and purpose. When you’re at your busiest, a brief recess can rejuvenate your mind and increase your productivity. These short breaks will help you regain your sanity and reflect on your recent actions so you can be sure they’re in line with your goals.
I am the QUEEN of overcommitting my time and saying "yes" to almost everything. When someone needs a class covered, help at work, volunteer at an event, photograph a family last minute... you name it and most likely I used to say yes. Sometimes I looked at my weekend and think, clearly I didn't factor in any time for me!
Over the last year I have tried to make time for me and remember when I say 'yes' too often I have the tendency to push myself to the point of breaking. Clearly this isn't a healthy way to live your life, which is why I noticed the habit and have tried to break it.
Of course I still say yes when I know I can make it happen and still have time for me. Sometimes a moment for me can be as simple as working from Starbucks, getting a long workout in at the gym or going to see a movie --- whatever it may be, do something that makes you happy and gives you a moment to just relax.
Everyone is different, maybe you handle your stress far better than I do but when I know saying yes to more than my life allows will lead me to a lower quality of life. Take a moment to read that article, even if you take away one thing it could change YOUR quality of life.