July 12, 2015

Be Good to Yourself

It has been quite some time since I have written, yet so much has happened in the past couple of months.  One thing that has come out of the amazing people I have met recently and the experiences I’ve had is that regardless of what is going on around you, you must still be good to yourself.

A lot of times we put people and situations above our own well-being and run ourselves completely into the ground.  Then we look around and wonder why we don’t feel well or feel run down or all of a sudden feel alone.  I’ve talked about this so much in the past, but as the summer is upon us and there is so much hustle and bustle, it’s a good time to mention it again.  

Many of us are planning vacations, and cookouts and visiting friends and family and look forward to having a change of pace.  I’m happy that I have gotten a chance to experience some of that this summer and there is much more in store (pictures to come). However, in light of the fact that many still have to work and have family obligations and ministry responsibilities, it can sometimes be more of a chore than a time of fun and relaxation.   

Enjoying a day on the water

So…I urge each person reading this to take a moment to do something that you like to do, even if it’s for a few minutes every day.  Even in the midst of your vacation you can read a book (or a chapter), go get some ice cream or a frozen lemonade, go for a stroll or just sit for a little while and take a few deep breaths.  Although yoga was something I started again back in February, recently with everything else going on, it became a source of stress to find a place to change, to make it to the classes on time, etc. etc.  So, this summer I decided to do it at home for 15-20 minutes instead of an hour and gear back up in the Fall when I should have more time…I think.

We want to always be the best that we can be, and be our best self and one way to do this is to pay attention.  Maybe it’s paying attention to your body and noticing the signals it’s giving you.  If it’s saying slow down, please slow down so that you don’t have to nurture it with two weeks of sick leave down the road.  If friends or relationships are causing you stress, do some detoxing, it’s good for the soul and for sanity sake.  We love to have our friends around us and enjoy the fellowship, but if it becomes too much of a burden for whatever reason, it’s ok to step back.  Even if it’s a project you’ve been working on that is becoming more of a burden than it was meant to be, put it on the back burner for now and revisit it later. 

After dinner sunset

So I just encourage you today to seek out time for yourself and be good to yourself, just as you’re so good to everyone else.  You deserve it and you’re worth it.  

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