What things do you absolutely set aside time for, no matter what else you have going on in your life? A favorite sport? A TV show you just cannot miss? Lunch with a group of cherished friends? Friday night out on the town with your significant other? Taking care of yourself?
How many of you cringed just a little on that last one, I wonder? When it comes to taking care of ourselves, we as humans are notoriously lackadaisical. That doesn't hold true for everyone of course, but we all know that one person who just cannot sit still for two minutes, who is always up and about looking for ways to help others and make themselves useful, and who seems to recoil at the thought of "relaxing." Maybe you are one of those individuals yourself, and the word "relax" in your mental dictionary has following it the definition: "be totally lazy." And you just cannot stand the thought of being lazy.
For some people, scheduling time for themselves is the same as either being lazy or letting other people down. Essentially, they view it as a waste of time because they have so many other things that are "more important" than giving themselves a break. What some of them fail to realize is that, by forcing their bodies to go without proper rest or breaks, they are eventually going to be on the opposite end of that relationship when their bodies become so exhausted that they force those individuals to take a rest. This holds true for everyone, from top athletes to frazzled mothers trying to manage their households. Time to take care of oneself is so important.
A few weeks ago, I posted a graphic on my Facebook account for A Touch of Tranquility which read, "Someone busier than you is getting a massage right now. Make the time for yourself!" The truth is, we always make time for those things in our lives that are most important to us, whether that be family, friends, pets, religion, or miscellaneous activities. If you aren't making time for yourself right now, try doing so in the upcoming weeks and months. It would make a perfect New Year's resolution! Start setting aside time for something that you enjoy, even if it's just a few hours a week to begin with. It doesn't even have to be time taken getting a massage, although that's a wonderful way to spend some of it. Find something that truly renews you, both physically and mentally and stick with it. You will find that your overall health is improved and you will be better able to serve others once you've given yourself the care that you need.