We’ve all heard that we need to make time for self care. We must “fill ourselves up” in order to have anything to give to others we are told. While some of us struggle with feeling guilty for taking time to ourselves, even those who don’t can find it very difficult to work self care into a busy lifestyle.
Do a little self care exercise with me.
- For the next couple minutes think about fun things that you would enjoy doing if you had a week to yourself. (Stick with me for just a minute. Don’t jump ahead!)
- Next take a couple minutes to think about what you would enjoy if you had a day, or even a few hours to yourself.
- Now think through some things that you enjoy doing when you have 5-30 minutes to yourself.
Which category was the easiest to make?
Most of us have many ideas about what we could do with a week of vacation, especially if a cook and nanny were provided! We can easily think about fun things to do on a day off or with a few hours to ourselves. While it’s fun to think about these things, for many of us those times are not a regular part of our lives. Waiting for the occasional vacation or day off can leave us feeling depressed, anxious and stressed.