Today, I invite you to take some time for you. What, oh what, would you do, with more time for you?
Many of us are excellent givers. We pride ourselves on being the one our friends and family can go to. At work, we never turn down an assignment or a request.
“Whatever you need!” is the rallying cry.
We feel good about our ability to help out. The world is a better place because the people around us are provided for, right? Sometimes.
At some point, the desire to provide for those around us – the need to give – begins to deplete our resources. We begin to buckle under the pressure of supporting so many or taking on so much.
Like Atlas, you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Do you see yourself in this explanation? A superhero that needs a vacation?
Here are three things to remember today that will keep you from giving it all away.
- It’s ok to say, “No.” Gently and compassionately setting boundaries gives you more breathing space, and gives the person requesting of you the opportunity to step up.
- We need all of you. When you begin to limp along because you’ve taken on too much of other people’s stuff, you can’t show up 100% for your own life – who’s going to live it?
- It only takes a few minutes, in a pinch, to reclaim your peace and joy. Get up from your desk. Go outside. Take a walk and just breathe.
You are doing a fantastic job caring for the world. Don’t forget to take great care of yourself.
Spa day, anyone?
Stress Release Tip
What frustrating thoughts are spurring you forward today? Can you let them go? If you’re wondering how, here’s a trick to use. First, stop. Stop the rushing around and relax. Notice that thought. The one that is nagging you the most. Now breathe into it. Feel the expansion, feel the space open up around the thought. Now, what’s the very next step you need take today? Take it. One step at a time is the key to less anxiety.
Mindfulness – our capacity to pay attention, moment to moment, on purpose – is a powerful ally. It can be frustrating to have our mind stray off what we’re doing and be pulled in six directions. Meditation hones our innate ability to focus. Just come back to the breath for a few minutes and feel the difference.
Quote From Adam
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”
– Audre Lorde
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