SOME WISDOM FROM THE SAGES:
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. Ovid
Whether on the week end or throughout the week, everyone of us needs not just a room of our own as Virginia Wolfe claimed, but time alone. That time needs to be just for us, no demands, nothing to do but what pleases us.
I picked this picture because I often found time for me at the beach. True, the kids might be there, but often Dad had taken them off for a long walk. I would mostly just be sitting, but I also might be swimming. At the busiest times in my parenting life, my Me\Time was often in the adult lanes of a swimming pool.
What matters most is that the time is for you and whether it is ten minutes, an hour, an evening. or a day it is yours and you must claim it. To do that you must control you Monkey Mind, meaning keep all must do busy thoughts or worries at bay. That takes some practice, but can be done. Even something as simple as recognizing your mind is rushing around, taking a long slow breathe in, thinking some calming words while you breathe out helps. Moroever, the more you practice that, the more you can chase the monkey of negative thoughts away. Another tip, as you breathe out, smile a bit and say “Thank you.” A final tip, many find quietly singing a song that calms them, works to help you claim your “Me time.”
AS ALWAYS PRACTICE KINDNESS
Be kind to me, like this post or share it. You will be helping me stay strong and maybe some others as well. You will also be practicing one of the 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Exercises. Click here to view all Daily Emotional Fitness Exercises.
If regular practice of the 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Exercises does not improve the quality of your life, more might be needed. That is the time to think about therapy.
IMAGE BY: Free digital photos