Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Like everything is just passing you by and you’re not getting to any of the important stuff?
All you want to do is throw your hands in the air and yell,
“Slow down, I can’t keep up. HELP!”
Okay, maybe you don’t. Maybe you’ve got it all under control, and if you do – good for you! Because I sure as hell didn’t a few months ago. I’m a little better these days, but I still have to catch myself some days and remind myself to take a chill pill, and that I’m not superwoman.
My problem ever since I can remember has been trying to juggle too many balls in the air. See, I used to be a major people pleaser. At work, at home, with my friends, to people I didn’t even like. I wanted everyone to like me and I thought the only way to do this was to be nice and give a little extra of myself all the time.
It became exhausting. Stressful. Tedious. Depressing.
Because honestly, sometimes I barely got anything back. Not even a ‘Thank you’. So I’ve decided to stop all that nonsense and become a little selfish. I used to believe that being selfish was a BAD thing, but you know what? It’s not.
I believe that no matter where you are in your life at this very moment – single, married, a parent, frantically or steadily climbing the career ladder – you can’t give your best or be productive if you aren’t taking care of yourself.
YOU come first. No matter what. It really is as simple as that.
It’s something I learnt early on while still living at home, and it’s something I’ve only recently begun putting into practice.
Yes, sometimes it feels crappy saying no to someone else and letting them down, but if it’s going to make you stress out, get you down, or make your life difficult and the world isn’t going to end if you don’t do it, then DON’T do it. Relax.
Life is short. It should be ENJOYED. It shouldn’t be about constantly rushing around after other people or putting ridiculous amounts of pressure on yourself. Working from home, I thought that whatever I did wasn’t enough. I’d beat myself up constantly, never once patting myself on the back. Until a few people started pointing it out – only then did I realise what I was doing. My daily ‘to do’ list changed dramatically…I still can’t believe the difference it’s made. Night and day.
If you feel like life is passing you by and you simply don’t get time for anything or yourself, you might want to read these 10 tips on how to stop and slow down your body clock.
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