Like most women, I spend my days juggling between my full-time work, caring for my kids, my mom, my house, and my blog. Needless to say, my brain is constantly working and thinking about the next thing to do. Every now and then I do try to pause and take my daily 15-minute walk. Unfortunately, my mind never stops racing and I am constantly contemplating the next thing to do. I finally admitted that I am really stressed and needed to take some action.
These past few days, I decided to stay away from everything, be me, and enjoy my loved ones. I put everything away, no cell phone, no laptop, no blog, no work, no planning. The first few hours, I thought I was going insane as I never allowed myself to be free.
Then I questioned myself what would happen if I am not here. Will my world stop? Will the bills be paid? will dinner be made? I answered yes to each question and went for a powerful nap. It was the most peaceful experience of my adult life.
From now on, I am committed to take a day off from everything and take care of myself. Many of us tend to everyone else’s need and we forget that we can’t give what we don’t have. We must take care of ourselves. We must prioritize our own needs, fill our basket so we can be fully there for others.
If you were just like me and were neglecting yourself, stop and take a minute to change your priorities and put yourself first. It’s not easy. I still don’t know if I will remain on track but I put reminders everywhere to help me be gentler towards myself.
Let’s take small steps together and make a pledge to care for ourselves this summer. Let’s learn how to put the phone away and be free for a day. Let’s take a walk on the beach and enjoy the sound of the waves. Let’s enjoy life!