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Importance of ME time

Monday, September 16, 2013

I have been missing lately. I have been sick for the past two weeks. For the first time in years, I have not been to the gym in over two weeks. I have just been too sick. Today I can say I am finally starting to feel better and hope to get back to the gym tomorrow.
I have not had a car since July. I have been sharing one car with my husband, whose work takes priority.
I say all of this, not to complain but to set the stage for this blog about ME time.
ME time is not something I usually have. I always tell myself it is important, but somehow life takes over, and it does not happen. I realize the necessity of ME time, especially as I have a lot of stress to deal with in my life. The stress is ongoing and I have no control over it, yet it impacts me powerfully. This weekend brought additional upset in another family situation.
The things I described at the beginning of this blog have forced me to be home and have given me the ability to spend more ME time. I have read books, prayed, worked on my photographs, counted my blessings and just relaxed.
I cannot tell you how much of a difference it has made. Instead of getting stressed and going for food to comfort myself when the first situation arose, I was able to tell myself to relax. I reminded myself that there was nothing I could do at the moment to help the situations. I took out my blessing book and read what I have listed. I reached out to others who can understand.
Yes, I still am upset, but I am handling it so much better. I did not lose sleep over it and I did not eat to get through it.
For my Diamond team we are starting the Fall challenge. We needed to write a blog about our goal. Mine was to handle stress in better ways. I have discovered that taking more ME time is a tool that can help in many ways. It helps me relax. It helps me focus on things I enjoy. It improves my emotional being. I feel happier and have more energy. We all need to have more ME time.
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