As I have coached and served as a prayer chaplain over the years, I have heard repeatedly from clients and friends that they don’t have time to take care of themselves. They are too busy helping others, and when they are done with all their obligations, they are too tired to do anything other than fall into bed at the end of the day.
I’ve been running into this very issue over the last several months, so I decided to make a list of things I NEED to do in my daily journal, and stick to the list – just for me. Now, my list may not be just the thing for you, but you may find a few things here that speak to you:
- Journal spend some time every day for a full out “brain dump”
- Saying NO learn how to say this little, but powerful, word.
- Take care of your body: get as close to 8 hours as you can, eat well, drink plenty of good water (ionized water is great), and spend at least 15 minutes each day in deep breathing exercises
- MOVE walk, run, play with the kids/grandkids, ride a bike, dance. Whatever gives you pleasure for an hour a day.
- Spend some time alone each day; just stop and take a break. It is amazing how peaceful the silence can be, and it is a perfect time to commune with Spirit. Set the timer if you need to control the amount of time. Just rest, read a chapter in your book, sit on the porch and listen to the birds, but give yourself a break
- Put yourself first. REALLY. This is not being selfish. It is being extremely generous to those around you. Putting yourself last will take you away from your loved ones much too early.
- Relax, Play and spend some time being Creative.
- Let go. Stop worrying. If you can’t do anything about it, let it go.
- Gratitude. Look around and count your blessings. And, if you have been successful at letting go, you will find them everywhere you look.
- Create connections. Spend quality time with your friends and family (not just helping, or doing for them). The more you reach out in love, the more family and friends (who become family) will be there for you.
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, located in Lincoln, NE, and Phoenix, AZ, is an artist, personal growth and spiritual coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master. You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.