“I’m just so busy!”
Whether it’s working moms trying to juggle their kids’ activities and household duties or retirees with a hundred things going on at once, we’re all “just so busy!”
Part of it is that we live in a world where instant response–leading to instant stress– is the norm. After all, we’re tethered to our devices, on which we get texts, emails and messages–and even an actual phone call once in a while.
Many of us don’t stop piling on more commitments, responsibilities and, as a result, more stress and tension.
“I don’t know how I’m going to fit it all in!”
The chores pile up at home, the family feels the tension and so do our bodies.
Do we really need to do more?
Do we really need to connect constantly with technology that does more disconnecting than connecting?
What’s missing is “me time.” Alone time to reflect or do self-care. Time for a massage, a cup of tea with a friend, a walk in the garden.
Time to do the things that nourish our souls.
It’s almost as if we feel guilty about taking “me time.”
What would happen if we dialed back some? If we said “no” more often? If we slowed our pace and actually stopped to smell the proverbial roses? I know what would happen. The quality of our lives would take a tiny step upward. Everyone would benefit: us, our family and our job.
Why not start today with this first tip that should be very manageable:
Set aside two hours a week for “me time.”
Two consecutive hours. Whether you use time for a massage, to read a juicy novel, for a movie or to have coffee with a friend—-it doesn’t matter what you do, just that whatever it is, it adds no stress and even feeds your soul.
Try it this week. Just two hours. And if you can’t manage two, try for one. One hour a week.
Let me know how that works. And if you already set aside “me time” each week, I’d love to hear more about it.