Taking Time For You

by Rebecca on June 22, 2014

timeformeI think most of us struggle with taking time for ourselves. We often seem to put our own well being lower down on the list of our daily to-dos than it should be.

For me between running a busy surgical practice, being a wife and mother, writing this blog and all the other things on my never-ending to do list it is a challenge to find time for ME.

That being said I also know that if I don’t take time for me I can’t be the person I need to be for anyone in my life. So how do I find the time for me?

I think all of us are wired differently, but I find the only way I can make time for me consistently is to take time at the start of the day, which means I get up really early-like 5:30 am. It has taken some getting used to (mainly going to bed early enough to do it) but I am a different person when I have this time alone each day.

What do I do? I spend about 20-30 minutes reading, journaling and thinking in my office.

I am one of those people who can be really addicted to technology so the iPad™ and iPhone™ stay in the kitchen because I will get online and check my email or surf the web if either of those devices are near-by.

Recently, I moved my teapot into my office so I won’t be tempted to check my email “just for a second”. This really is the only time I can be certain I will not be disturbed and I have come to cherish this time each day.

I have been doing this consistently for the past couple of years and I can tell you it makes all the difference in my day. Those days when I am a slacker and don’t get my “me” time in the morning I feel more anxious and the day never goes as well as it does when I take that time for me first thing in the morning.

We all have a lot on our to do list every day but how about putting you on that list first?

Do you have any daily rituals that help you handle all the pressures you have to deal with every day?

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Cynthia Courtney June 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I’m not as good about doing something every day, but I do carve out time to take care of myself. Taking time to exercise at least once a week forces me to clear my head and focus on just getting through another 5 minutes of running or revolved half-moon pose.

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rebecca June 23, 2014 at 6:12 am

Exercise is a big one for me too- if it is been too many days without- I can feel my stress levels rising! Thanks for commenting!

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