Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I once heard a very wise lady say, "everyday you are desperately trying to juggle balls. Let me give you permission to drop a few. The ball of trying to please everyone all the time, trying to do everything for everyone and never doing anything for yourself." When she said that I suddenly felt like it was OK to relax a little and pay attention to my needs. An epiphany of sorts. You mean it is alright for me to do something for myself? Lightening won't strike the spa if I go and get a massage??
At the time I had two little girls under the age of 5 and I was a Kindergarten Teacher and a husband who was in the Navy & gone two months at a time and a house to clean..etc..etc..etc..You know what I am talking about. We all have things in our lives that keep us busy. Never let your busy life keep you from taking time for yourself!! Spending time at the gym is a wonderful way to take time for yourself because after awhile you will notice that the positive endorphins you get from exercise will stabilize your moods and help fight depression. You may never LOVE to be in a Spin Class but you will love the way it makes you feel when you are finished.
Having coffee with a friend, getting your nails done, playing with the grandchildren, driving to the lake, having a massage, reading a book, or going shopping are all things that we need in our lives and it is OK to do them on a regular basis as a way to relax!!
Rest and recovery . It is a very important part and now on week 3 of some of my challenges I felt it was an appropriate subject to address. God rested from his work. I always take one day a week off from the gym to let my muscles recover. Usually for me it is Sunday because I go to church and then try to do something with the grandchildren that they enjoy. Rest doesn't have to be taking a nap although if you want a nap..take it! It can also be doing something for yourself that will make you feel pampered and valuable.
Many times we eat too much because we are trying to relieve stress that would be relieved much more effectively if we just took time to breathe. Next time the kids are screaming, the phone is ringing, and the house is a mess just realize that this may be a perfect time to go for a walk or go to the mall. DON'T go the fridge!!
Basically what I am saying is give yourself permission to RELAX a little. Give yourself a break! If you don't take care of yourself then you will burn out and who will take care of everyone else?? Rest is good and necessary. Embrace it as part of your new life!! I'll see you at the spa!!
Thank you to all my Spark Friends,