In this journey we are on, I can’t tell you the importance of slowing down and finding ‘pockets of rest’. It is out of these pockets that you will be able to live the rest of your day in a much more meaningful and productive way. I absolutely realise that sounds crass and, had you said this to me personally two years ago, I would have laughed at you and told you that you had no idea what I had to get through each day. There was simply no room for me. Besides, I love what I do, so why on earth would I need time for me? Work was my time for me.
Creating room for you will allow you to see yourself as valuable and worthy. That, in turn, will affect your enjoyment of your world, of others and will hugely impact how much those around you enjoy their lives also. Your day will become sprinkled with moments of fun, lightness and meaningful interactions. That, after all, is surely what life is about? Trust me… you will become much better at your work too!
Unless we are able to look after ourselves, we simply can’t look after those we love. It is so easy to let life pull us every which way. We may have a demanding spouse who doesn’t quite realise that we are not super-human. We may have a demanding boss who has no idea of work-life balance. We may be sick. Our children could be struggling in so many ways. They may be on the road to a diagnosis of something, they may have just received a diagnosis or they may be struggling you and you feeling isolated, frustrated and terribly sad at not knowing what to do next.
Life’s struggles, which will always inevitably come, can be faced head-on when we face it out of a place of rest and of being able to switch off our mind. This week, take a look at your schedule for me. Write down what you do, hour by hour, and then pop it in to categories. I know, I know, another task …… but it will reveal a lot and together we can make some meaningful change next week.
If you would like a chart to complete, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it to you.
This week, start with just 5 minutes a day at any point which are just for you. They can’t be accidental. They must be purposeful and simply to look at the park or garden, to have a coffee or to read for 5 minutes. Put your phone aside, double lock the front door and position yourself where you are least likely to be distracted. Try to do this every day for the next week, however hard it becomes.
Have a great week and, ENJOY!