I was at a blogger conference this weekend and leading up to the event and when I got there, I felt myself feeling like I wasn’t doing enough – not working hard enough, not spending enough hours, etc. I wasn’t growing like other bloggers and should spend even more hours dedicated to that growth. I just wasn’t enough.
How many of you have felt that way? Don’t we all at some point? For most of our society, being driven and pulling extra hours at work is celebrated. You are passionate, committed, successful… If you aren’t killing yourself over your job, you aren’t working hard enough it seems.
Then, I sat there Saturday morning listening to Kristen from Dine and Dish and I was reminded of why work can’t be my only priority. I left teaching to become healthier and happier, and I am. I can’t replace the stress of teaching with the stress of my business. Not only will my body suffer, but my creativity and passion for this blog will suffer, too. Yes, work is a priority and important to me, but so is my husband, my family, my friends and, most importantly, myself.
Yes. I said it. I may not always act like it but I am my most important priority. You are your most important priority. If we do not take care of ourselves, everything else falls apart and yet we feel guilty the moment we do something for ourselves. We call it selfish or self-centered when really it is healing, a smart investment, a needed refresher. We need to change the language we use and realized it is okay to make ourselves a priority.
In fact, when I do, not only am I happier and healthier, but I am actually more successful at work because I have the energy and creativity to be so.
I am making a commitment to myself and I think you should, too. I am finding ways to create “Me Moments”. While some of these moments might involve a walk after work or a movie night with Bryan, most of them are solely about me. What I enjoy. What I like to do. So here are some ideas for creating me moments. I hope you will be inspired to create your own list and start investing in yourself – even if it’s only for 5 minutes.
Before we get to those tips though, you might want to pause a moment and enter this giveaway!! Because winning a prize would be an awesome way to kick off a Me Moment.
Schedule Your Me Moment
If you live by your schedule, why wouldn’t you schedule in time for yourself? It allows you to see it as a priority and for your family to do the same. Maybe scheduling it means a set time – a manicure appointment, a baby sitter coming over, etc. Maybe it just means putting “20 minutes of reading during nap time” or a walk after dinner. Schedule it the way it makes sense to you but make sure you have a written reminder that you are important.