04 October 2010

Self-Love in Busy Moments

Repeat after me: I will give myself a moment or two of my own time. I will remember that I (and my mental, physical, and emotional health) am a priority. I will be gentle with myself.

I sit on my bed under
a downy blanket, fighting procrastination. This past week has been a tough one for me. There have been several things which have been testing me mentally and emotionally and which have been completely preoccupying my mind. Deadlines are ever present. I'm exhausted and have not been treating my body well, resulting in further exhaustion.

What does one do in these situations? Do you, like I do, need reminding that it's okay to take a step back, take a deep breath, and go slowly? Sometimes, in all the hurry and bustle and must dos and should dos, I forget to take care of myself. I forget to send myself love, and I forget to be gentle with myself. If you are in a similar situation, dearest, remember that you are a top priority - those To Dos can wait for a moment while you dedicate some time to you.

For a short-term solution, take a quick break in the midst of work - it often allows one to come back refreshed and full of renewed energy. Struggling through a project or task may in fact prevent you from doing your best work or from accomplishing as much as you need to! Try one or more of these little tricks to boost your spirits and your drive:
  • Make a cup of tea and sip it slowly
  • Read a blog post or two
  • Take a short walk outside
  • Have a conversation with your kids, spouse, or friend
  • Doodle or sketch
  • Stretch
  • Meditate for a few minutes, or simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing
  • Tidy the area around you - often a clear space helps create a clear mind
  • Make a list of 15 reasons you are blessed
After a few minutes' break, return to the task at hand and see if you are not more clear-headed and better able to focus. I suggest giving yourself at least five minutes of time each hour in order to re-center. Go on, treat yourself to some self-love!

If you have tried and true tactics to gently push yourself through difficult or tedious days, please share in the comments!


Dyche Designs said...

. . . and I thought procrastination was my life long friend. :0)

I used to love going for long walks in nature when I lived in CT, they had some truly beautiful state parks. There's no real state parks where I now live and I really miss visiting them to recharge my batteries.

Brandi said...

I was in this place last year. This year, I'm trying to be better. I exercise at least 5 times a week (it helps that I registered for a half marathon in November) and I make sure to give myself 45 minutes to an hour each night before I go to bed just to read something I want to read, not something I have to read. Little things like that make such a huge difference. And I love your suggestions -- I think I'm going to try and incorporate some of those as well.

Lianne said...

I am a terrible procrastinator, I'm way too easily distracted. And right now I'm quite exhausted. Too little sleep and being quite busy: a bad combination. Your list is very helpful though! Will try your little tricks! :)

Are you feeling better already?

NapaKat said...

ahh the art of procrastination has certainly gotten a hold of anyone who knows what it is to be busy.

My solution is music. MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC. Especially if I have to start a project. I create a new playlist - or have iTunes do it for me.

This gives me some time to collect my thoughts and think about what it is I really want to accomplish and what mood I should set for myself.

Best of luck - think of how good you'll feel when it is all finished.

Jayne said...

These are great tips. Thanks for sharing!


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