I was reading a book the other day, and the heroine was thinking about how she needed to spend fifteen minutes a day on herself. Just fifteen minutes to center her thoughts and relax. It got me to thinking about the little time we spend doing that for ourselves. I know that I don’t because I so busy throughout the day. I tell myself that I will read my bible, time working out, make time for reading, and the million other things. Starting now, I will add fifteen minutes into my calendar.
Calm & Relax
Not sure what to do with myself during this time yesterday, I just sort of sat there. It was just after lunch; I went into my room and sat for fifteen minutes. I turned on my noise machine to help myself calm and relax a little. For fifteen minutes I didn’t do a single thing. I didn’t think about anything on my schedule, anything I needed to get done, etc. When the fifteen minutes was over, I felt refreshed. Like i had taken a nap but didn’t have any of the grogginess.
I went about the rest of my day and didn’t feel as though I was dragging butt. Normally, by two o’clock I am worn down and ready for the day to be over. Yesterday things went well. We had school lessons, bible study, and I got the back screen door taken down so I can repair it today. When I went to bed I felt as though I had accomplished more today than I had in a long time.
The fifteen minutes after lunch is part of my new routine to work on my self-care. I’m learning that if I take better care of myself, I have fewer dreadful days. Days where my depression and anxiety flare to the point of bringing me to my knees. Part of this new routine is learning to manage my workload. That is something I have been the most anxious about. With the amount of daily work and now back to homeschooling, I feel like a failure. I know that I’m not, but it doesn’t change how I feel.
I hope that the fifteen minutes I take each day after lunch helps ground and refresh me. If it works as planned I may add another fifteen minutes at a different time. We all need a few moments to reset. Especially now with the way things are going in the world. Many of us are still staying home as much as possible. I have people in my home who are high risk so that means more social distancing, more attention needed from me.
It can wear you down. I know that it does me some days. I have had days where I break down at night because the pressure and responsibilities are weighing me down. My family depends on me, and I have to be at my best. If not, things will fall apart. It won’t be the end of the world, but I might miss giving someone their medicine or taking someone’s blood sugar.
DO YOU TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF DURING THE DAY? WHAT DO YOU DO? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.