For many of us who find spending time on ourselves to decompress, de-stress, and desist a near impossibility, the reason or excuse we give is that ‘we don’t have the time.’ There is just too much for us to do, or a deadline to meet, or an appointment to keep. We all know what it feels like to be under this kind of stress and wonder if we can possibly get through all the things we have on our plate before we get a major case of emotional indigestion. AKA stress related anxiety…
Been there, done that, got the T-shirt as they say.
Sometimes I look at my calendar and wince wondering “what was I thinking when I made that commitment or added that?” I seem to have no trouble scheduling work and responsibility. So, I began to think why not begin to schedule down time, de-stressing time, delicious me time…well, why not?
If I was going to be a slave to my routine and my calendar, why not put something on there that would benefit my body, mind and soul providing some R and R in the midst of the over scheduled calendar.
Hear what Annie Dillard, the famous author says about schedules: “A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections time.”
I love the phrase that a schedule is a net for catching days. It could also be a net for catching some time for yourself. It can be scaffolding that allows you to stop juggling so many balls at once and use both hands for a section of time for yourself. And by intentionally putting in some time for yourself you do guard against both inner chaos and a whim to just walk away from everything.
Where can you find time on your calendar to schedule time for yourself each day, even if only for 15 minutes? Use this time to take a walk, do some deep breathing or stretching, read an enjoyable book, close your eyes and dream or meditate. Whatever it is that relaxes you or brings you joy, schedule it and then guard this time as sacred. Guard it like you do all your other responsibilities. Practice this for a month and before you know it taking time4yourself will be as natural to you as over scheduling!
Be as passionate about keeping this commitment to your well-being as you are to everything and everyone else.
Enjoy! Find the Fun and Live the Joy…