We all need 'Me Time'
It can be easy to forget about ourselves when we're caught up with a thousand things to do and sometimes it can be hard to recognise when you’re not ok, or when you need to take a break. I often find myself trying to power through tiredness and can get so caught up in my 'to do list' that I forget to stop and think about the physical and emotional impact that it’s having on me. I’m usually at the bottom of my list, and I see a lot of other people who treat themselves in similar ways. It seems to be quite easy to put yourself at the bottom of the list, or hang on a bit longer before taking time to care for yourself. Sometimes, we just don't think about ourselves, we forget that we're all human and that no one has super powers that means they can do everything. (no one can do everything).
Sometimes it’s ok to hang on a bit, it’s ok to work hard and be busy, it’s even ok to be stressed sometimes, but it’s not ok when these routines start to become unhealthy and relentless. And it’s even worse when these unhealthy and relentless routines go unnoticed because they grow and become worse. I’ve found myself in situations that have spiralled out of control because I didn’t stop to check if I was ok, and the results were horrible. I moved so fast that I found it hard to slow down and the longer you leave it, the more painful the end result is.
We need to pause sometimes because we can’t do everything and because looking after our ourselves and being kind to ourselves is more important than the number of exams, or deadlines, or meetings that we ‘need’ to prepare for. Our well-being is the most important thing because without being healthy, we can’t do anything else. At some point our bodies will go into ‘shutdown mode’ to save ourselves, but getting to that point can cause even more difficulties.
'Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you' - Anne Lamott
I’m sure a lot of you have experienced feeling overwhelmed by a situation but not necessarily taken steps to look after yourself.
Taking the time to recognise how you feel is part of caring for yourself and it is one of the most important things you need to avoid losing control.
Keep control and be aware of how you feel and the steps you can take to care for yourself. No matter what is going on, you need to make time for you and have regular check-ins with yourself. Take 10 minutes at the end of each day to think about how that day made you feel and how you feel about tomorrow, you could even write it down, or keep a diary if that helps, but taking that time to reflect on your well-being is so important to staying healthy.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by a situation, go for a walk, sing a song, go out with your friends, watch your favourite film, do some meditation (recently started a bit and found it's quite helpful!), take a nap, dance, do whatever calms you down and makes you feel more relaxed. It really is ok to do these things and it is ok to be kind to yourself, self-CARE isn't selfish. We ALL need some 'me' time, everyday.
Take care of yourself! It really IS the most important part of your day.