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!
Thank you for this gentle reminder to take care of myself.
You are welcome, Natasha!
Sometimes we really do need to take a step back and ask if what we are doing is really adding value/necessary. Your nap sounds divine.
Great post!!! I look forward to seeing more!! We need self care to function. I know I do!
I intend to continue to do so, Estefany!
It’s so hard to juggle it all. I want to take a day like this during each of our vacations this summer. It’s difficult, though, when my husband and I work for ourselves so our devices are our income.
I know how hard it can be Stephanie, I used to work even during our vacation. This year, I promise my kids when we travel, the laptop will stay home.
yes! I can’t agree more, self-care is the start of any process and unfortunately, we often take care of ourselves the last if not never. Great post.
That was the story of my life, Chad!
We all live busy lives. It is often hard to take care of yourself. Thank you for reminding us of the importance. Great post.
Thank you, Janet!
I think I need to do that as well especially when Im so stressed nowadays because of college.
Sometimes taking a step back from everything and dedicating a day of self-care is good for you and your health
Wishing you the best in your studies, Daniella!
I think this is so important to remember to do although it’s such a struggle to do. We always put ourselves on the back burner and then get burnt out.
So true, Kristen!
Thank you for reminding us that we should always take good care of ourselves. Very intelligent post!
Thank you, Oscar!
Yes, we all should take some time off from time to time, enjoy life, slow down and just smell the roses.
Smelling the roses can be so therapeutic, thanks Van!
Lovely reminder. I started taking my self-care seriously last year. I signed up for a monthly spa subscription, fancy gym and I prioritize myself first. This year has brought so many changes and lots of tears but I know it would have been worse if I was not practicing self-care.
I plan to do so, Crystal, thank you and wish you a peaceful end of the year.
Taking small breaks in between relaxes mind and body.
I think this is so important. And as awareness of mental health is on the rise more of us need to be aware of our own mental health.
It is, Di!
At the moment it is so difficult for me to just switch of my phone and computer. Those devices are my source of income. But I need to remind myself that I need more ‘me time’ too.
Same for me, Karen, I was on a 24/7 schedule and that was detrimental for my health. 1 day a month will make a huge difference for me.
People forget the concept of having a “me” time lately, Great post a wonderful reminder.
I am definitely taking more me time now.
Yes!! Sing it sister…for summer, fall, winter and all the seasons in between..<3
Great read. I do agree that we should take care of ourselves. Not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well.
I agree, Neil, mind, body, and soul!
You deserve the care you give to others. I’ve been working on me time, too. It can be so difficult to find the time and energy but I’m working on it.
You should, Christa!
taking care implies in many ways .. our body, health, our food, alot i believe that this content we go a long way by helping more people to discover what they are missing by taking care of them self…..
Well said, Coollife!
Self-care is definitely something that we should take seriously. We need to make sure we are caring for ourselves so we are at our best.
The more I say it, the more I will practice it, Holly!
Sleep is my weapon against stress. I also do nature walk. It really helps.
I need to be more mindful about my sleeping hours, Elizabeth!
Your post is bang on. Self-care is something we intuitively know but always put-off for tomorrow.
We do, not thinking that tomorrow does not belong to us, Bindu!
I feel like I’m either great at taking care of myself or horrible. It usually catches up with me.
That’s good, Neely!
Some people just forget the number 1 thing in life, is to take care of themselves… You got a point here!
Great post keep it up!
If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for others.
Self-care is so important! I read an analogy about how on airplanes, they tell you that if the plane goes down, you’re supposed to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others with theirs – meaning your needs need to be met before you can help others out with anything! I try to think about that when it comes to self-care and try not to feel guilty about it!
I am going to relate to that, Deborah!
I think you are right. It’s important to take a day a week at least and put the phone away, just staying in the moment. It makes life so much better.
It sure does, David!
I think I am quite similar to you, I don’t allow myself free time. Well, not long ago, like three weeks ago, I got ill, it seemed a flu, then it seemed a virus, then a bacteria, something happened and I was not getting better!! I couldn’t keep my head straight, and needed to rest. I felt terrible about that!! like I was failing to people around me. Well, after thinking about it a lot, in fact I came to the same conclusion, I don’t rest enough, I need more time for me in my life and take things slowly!
Take it one day at a time, Nati!
I agree to you. I started caring for myself. You need to invest in yourself by looking great and healthy.
Self care is so important. Nobody but ourself can take proper care of us. Your article is very motivational.
Thank you, Akriti!
Taking time for myself is always a priority no matter how busy I am. And same goes to all, yes, do not ever neglect yourself!
I am going to learn from you, Ann!
Naps are so nice! Definitely a way for me to take time to myself.
it’s true, Samantha!
Self-care is so important. I am working on taking better care of myself during these summer months.
Please do so, Danielle!
I love the way you put…I asked myself…we neednto spend more time asking ourselves what matters to us, we do it so much for everyone else
It’s true, Djebe!