Thursday, June 10, 2010

Be Kind To Yourself

One thing I have discovered since quitting my job is that I have more time to be kind to myself. This is so important; yet when we are running from here to there and always thinking about what we SHOULD be doing, it often seems we don’t have time to take care of ourselves. With this thinking, we open the door to more stress, feelings of frustration and anger, and even poor health.

The first thing we need to learn is to forgive ourselves for not being able to do everything we think we should do. Enough with the self-flagellation for ignoring a dirty kitchen floor, running behind on the laundry, having to send a belated birthday card, etc. (And this doesn’t even address all the stresses of a job!) Sometimes you can only manage the things high on your list of priorities and scrabble intact from one day to the next. But you must occasionally put yourself at the top of the list.

Give yourself a break, and do something that makes you feel pampered. Be kinder to yourself. It will help you feel more like you are living than just surviving. Everyone has their own outlets. Here are some of mine:

  • Taking an afternoon nap
  • Treating myself to some flowers
  • Having a manicure/pedicure or facial
  • Playing! (golf, going to a museum, dominos, Wii)
  • Indulging a passion (playing my ukulele, making jewelry)
  • Enjoying a favorite food and drink
  • Connecting with a friend
  • Buying myself a present
  • Sinking into a bubble bath
  • Curling up with a good book
You have your own list of things you wish you had more time to do. I know you do! Carve out some time and be kind to yourself. It’s good for you, and you need it.


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