I think it's safe to say most of us are so quick to help others out, but have such a hard time taking some time to take care of ourselves. Between work, school, kids, spouses, friends, and family we all make excuses for not having enough "me time." In today's world, we are experiencing more stress and anxiety than ever before. There's always pressure to succeed, and if we fail we are self critical. We look forward to weekends and go to bed each night exhausted. There isn't enough time in the day to finish all of our daily tasks. We stress about the things we didn't accomplish that day, therefore hindering our sleep at night. I'm experiencing this myself right now. Last week I tried to schedule just 10 minutes of my day to myself in a quiet room. It really made me realize how often I put my needs last, because there was only one day that I could make it work for me. It always came down to making excuses for myself. What a sad moment that was. What if we actually had the ability to make the stress disappear, and make time for ourselves?
Believe it or not, we actually do. It's called Mindfulness.
Now this has nothing to do with religion, so just stick with me. Anyone can practice this. Mindfulness is a way to bring more calm, clarity, and joy to your life. Many sports teams, students, business owners, and public speakers use this method of relieving stress. It's been proven to allow you to wake up more alert and present through the day, so we are really soaking in every moment. It teaches us to react more calmly to sour situations. It teaches us to recognize our unhealthy habits, and help control them. It helps us to become more patient and tolerant, and less judgmental of others. It helps us to understand other people's perspective better, and to empathize. If we take time to be kinder to ourselves, it will reflect on how much more kind we will be to others. Sound too good to be true? Try it for yourself!
Now the question is, how do we do it? The best way to practice it is through taking a small chunk out of your day to meditate. Start with 10 minutes, then work your way up to however long you'd like. Find a quiet place, put on some calming music, make yourself comfortable, and just focus on your breathing. Whenever your mind wanders, just focus on your breathing. If it seems a little awkward the first few times, there are lots of meditation apps to help walk you through it until you can do it on your own. Practice makes perfect.
Just like maintaining exercise, you have to maintain mindfulness. Make it a point to schedule those 10 minutes in your day for it. We all are very capable of 10 minutes of taking care of ourselves. It's so easy to get caught up in our day to day activities and really lose touch with ourselves. We always say treat others as you want them to treat you, but I challenge you all to treat YOURSELF how you would normally treat others.
Today I challenge you to do one small thing to take care of yourself. I will be taking the 7 day "me time" challenge, and I would love for you all to try it with me! For 7 days, I'll be taking 10 minutes out of my day to practice mindfulness. I want to see how it affects my daily attitude, presence, and creativity. If you try this with me, I would love your feedback with your own experience in the comments or in an email! Let's start today!
Hi everyone! This is my first blog post ever. Woah.
I've been wanting to create this website for several months now, but the timing just didn't feel right before. I either felt too busy, or just didn't feel good enough to create something like this. A few nights ago, I decided to stop telling myself to create it, and just DO IT. Nothing really happened to make me change my thoughts, I just decided I have nothing to lose by doing something I love. So I sat in my living room while watching Netflix and created this wonderful page. :)
This whole experience is to help me grow as a person, along with helping others to grow in their own way. Even if I only end up with 1 reader, at least it will be helping someone. We all are on this crazy journey of life, and sometimes we feel alone in this big bad world. I know when I read other people's thoughts sometimes it helps me feel not so alone, and I'm quickly reminded that there are 7 billion other people that are probably feeling the same way as me. I am not alone, and neither are you. Crazy isn't it?
I read this quote a while back and thought it was fitting: "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." -Joseph Chilton Pearce. Simple quotes like these really inspire me and bring me back to reality. Who are we to tell ourselves we aren't good enough? Those thoughts are purely out of fear. We must stop comparing ourselves to others. Everyone has to fail in order to succeed.
If you are reading this, I want to thank you for taking the time to support me on my new journey. I'm excited to share with everyone what I have in store for you.