Your time is worth more than this.
We have all been there.
Rushing around, trying to fit everything in.
Our minds are on overdrive, body locked in pain as we squeeze “just one more” task into our bulging schedules.
Most people want to have more time for themselves, yet the way our life is set up, it is difficult to be kinder to ourselves.
Based on my life experience and journey of rebuilding my life from grief and loss, I know how hard it is to stop, make time for self-care and nourish yourself.
So, here are five things to avoid to help you take better care of yourself and reduce the risks of overwhelm and burnout.
Never give up.
Sometimes life sucks, and you feel your back against the wall and there is no way out.
During these moments, find your breath, meditate, rest awhile, and rebuild your strength and focus.
And when you are ready, dust yourself down and start again.
That’s the way to live a life worth living.
Don’t give up and hate yourself, no matter what the world says about you or how much dirt people throw at you.
Self-hatred is not the way out.
Remember, we all make mistakes; we all have done things which, with hindsight, we wish we hadn’t.
That’s because we are human.
Humans make blunders.
Take time, and seek counsel. Learn your lesson, honour your struggle and move on.
Listening to people who say your dreams are impossible
Tell them to mind their own business, find and follow their dream and let you get on with your vision.
Ignoring your pain
Physical or emotional pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is out of balance in your body.
Listen to your body, and seek professional advice and support to explore the root cause of the pain.
Remember, we are humans, and all humans feel pain and suffering at some point.
Neglecting your self-care
There will be moments when you don’t feel like getting up, having a shower, making your bed, eating and getting ready for your day.
You’re busy, work is stressful, and you’re going through a dark period.
Remember, you are not useless or lazy.
You are going through a hard time, life is demanding enough of you, and you are doing your best to get through with what you have.
Remember that self-care is essential during this time, even if brushing your teeth and splashing water on your face lets your body and mind know you are caring for yourself.
Remember, life is challenging, and we need to learn to avoid the following pitfalls:
- Giving up
- Hating yourself
- Listening to people who say you can’t do your dream
- Ignoring your pain
- Neglecting self-care
If you have started these things, that’s OK.
Find a way to honour your struggle, release your pain, learn your lesson and move on.
I’d love to know
- What has come up for you in response to the article’s teachings?
- How can you apply any of these suggestions to your daily life?
- What impact does this have on the rest of your day?
Kindly share your thoughts and reflections in the comment section below. Thank you.
I originally published this article on Medium where you may read my other inspirational articles.
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