Taking Time for Yourself Is Not A Luxury!

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We are pulled in so many directions today.
We have the responsibility of our jobs and our families.
And because of so many responsibilities to others, we forget to take care of ourselves.
Compounded this problem is that many times we feel selfish if we want some time to ourselves and that to do so is a luxury you just can't afford! Nothing could be further from the truth.
There isn't just an obligation to take care of others.
We must also make taking care of ourselves an obligation.
There are many ways to take care of ourselves that cost money and plenty more that don't cost a thing, except your time.
No matter which column you choose from, there shouldn't be a drop of guilt attached to it.
Self-care is NOT a luxury.
Cost-free ways of taking care of oneself are taking a long bath, meditating, reading, going for a walk, writing in a journal, catching up with friends, taking time to do a craft or hobby.
Other ways of regrouping are getting a manicure, a facial, a massage, having lunch with a friend, going out to dinner after work, taking a day trip.
The piece of the puzzle that is often forgotten, or not given much merit, is that wonderful concept of "giving and receiving.
"Giving makes us feel good about ourselves.
We like to know that we can help others.
It's wonderful that our family is well taken care ofand we've met all our deadlines and completed projects at work.
But what happens when we haven't received anything for a while?It just means there's nothing left to give.
And giving is no longer done in a loving manner because we are at the end of our rope!We're giving what's left at the bottom of the barrel.
And who does that serve?You don't feel good about what you've given and the person on the other end certainly doesn't want what you have to give.
Just as we have to keep eating to sustain ourselves and just as we have to refuel our car to keep it going, we must do the same for ourselves by taking time to regroup.
When we treat ourselves "the best," we only have to best to give.
When we feel good, we can help others feel good.
Goodness just keeps begetting goodness.
And that's a situation in which everyone wins
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