Rejuvenating your mind and body improves your overall effectiveness.
Set aside one day a month as a “vacation” day and mark it on your calendar. Use it any way you choose in the moment.
I can hear the rumblings of disbelief even as I finish typing the Finding Time Tip for this morning. A whole day? Every month?
This is a tip that tests your assertiveness, your time boundaries, your self discipline and, perhaps most of all, your feelings about taking care of yourself. Is self care even on your radar?
If you think of self care as your responsibility rather than a luxury, would you give it more attention and time? Are you someone who works and works and works, finally stopping only when you are either felled by illness or simply too tired to do another thing? Imagine how this pattern affects the quality of your work – and of your interactions as you accomplish your work.
I invite you to explore the idea of making … and then taking … some time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. Maybe you’ll need to start with something less than a full day. Don’t make it too hard for yourself – but stretch a little. If this is new territory, it’s bound to feel uncomfortable at first. As you get used to scheduling and taking some self care time, extend it.
Try making it your goal to take a whole day for yourself sometime in the next three months. Work up to it gradually … and I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences as you experiment with self care in this way!
© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.