Ever since school started I have found myself in a negative slump. I was tired no matter how many hours of sleep I got. I felt like a grumpy, gray blob floating through the day. I felt myself getting behind on work and school assignments no matter how hard I tried to stay focused. I had a general feeling of unhappiness. I knew that I was more stressed than usual trying to juggle all of the things I needed to do with unnecessary worries about situations completely out of my control. I wasn’t eating well and I certainly wasn’t feeling well. I couldn’t bring myself to do things I loved like yoga, or cooking. I really felt like I was trapped.
It wasn’t until I watched a YouTube video, and for the life of me I can’t remember who it was, and they mentioned something about taking 30 minutes to an hour everyday to do something just for you. Immediately I laughed at the thought of having time to indulge myself in anything right now. But then I realized what is 30 minutes in the grand scheme of your whole day?
If a friend or family member asked you to run a simple errand with them, that would probably take 30 minutes to an hour, you would do it right? So why can’t you dedicate that time to doing something just for you. Something you know will improve your mood or your holistic health. When I tried to think through why I couldn’t justify spending time on myself I realized its because I didn’t think that I was worth it.
A lot of times we don’t realize the negative impact we have on ourselves. We work ourselves tirelessly into the ground everyday at work, school, helping others, volunteering, or trying to just get to the end of the day. Why don’t we give a little something back to ourselves? I decided last week to try and make the ultimate promise to myself to spend at least 30 minutes everyday doing something just for myself. One day I went to a yoga class for a Groupon I bought weeks ago, another day I spent 30 minutes basking in the sun at the pool. This week I plan on continuing to exercise, and starting a new book (The Untethered Soul for anyone who’s a self help book junkie like myself).
I cant even begin to tell you the immediate impact this has had on me. I instantly felt happier, more energized and at peace. All because I made the conscious decision that I was going to take care of myself. Really, the 30 minutes to an hour I spent doing something for myself replaced the 30 minutes I spent sitting idly around complaining about what I had to do. It really sounds so simple but its easier said than done. As irrational as it sounds, it can be really easy to justify skipping over this time because you have too much to do. I’ve been there and done that. Trust me, it doesn’t serve you or anyone else around you to be miserable.
I’ve also noticed that being present to my needs has spurred many other positive decisions throughout my days. I am slowly getting back into my clean eating routine. I have been working out more. I also am noticing when I start to think negatively and trying to change my frame of mind. This helped me to realize that only I can protect my peace, and only I have the authority to do whatever I need to do to keep it.
Remember that you are worth every blessing in store for you. You are worth the extra thirty minutes of cuddling time with your boo, an guilty pleasure hour of scandal, a decadent green smoothie or even 30 minutes of reading that book you’ve had sitting in your kindle for months. Practicing this everyday has uplifted me in more ways than I can count and I know it will do the same for you.6