This month I will share a wellbeing tip that can help you with your wellbeing to manage the stresses and pressures of another lockdown, working from home, home-schooling, lack of variety and all of the other additional pressure we are currently facing.
With kids at home, remote working extended, the anxiety of the pandemic worsening, it is very easy to let these convergent pressures take over every part of your day. So this month, our wellbeing tip is about you, not your family, but you.
Do One Thing for Yourself Every Day
Do one thing every day that is just for you. It doesn’t have to take up too much of your time, indeed, it might just be for five minutes. It could even be a minute, but the important thing is, it’s purely about you.
That one thing could be:
- A walk
- Getting out into the garden
- A bath
- Having a cup of tea/coffee by yourself etc.
Whatever you like, just take some time to yourself.
The Importance of Rest and Self-Care
If you manage to do one thing for yourself every day that is restorative, you are going to have a little bit more energy and a bit more headspace. Also, you will have more literal space. Taking this time for you will increase your ability to pay attention to the needs of the kids and whatever else might be on your plate. In other words, you may become a better partner, mother, boss, employee and friend.
Eleanor Brownn says it perfectly:
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” (Eleanor Brownn)
Now, even without the stresses of a pandemic, home-schooling, working from home and so on, this is a great piece of advice anyway. If you can find some time in the day, do something that is just for you.
Self-Care is an Aspect of Heartfulness
Doing one thing every day that is just for you, and self-care is an aspect of heartfulness that you might have heard us talk about before. It helps to redress a little bit of balance into the work-life conundrum. Taking time for yourself will make you feel better and it is so essential to prioritise your wellbeing.
Superwoman syndrome (or man) is all too real. “Superwoman Syndrome” is a term first coined in 1984. It refers to a woman who neglects herself because she is seeking to “do it all” to perfection and stretching herself too thin.
Now, it may seem that all of this sounds a bit “yeah, that’s alright for you, but for me….” However, it’s really important to feel like we have autonomy and we have a large degree of control over our lives.
Making sure you do something every day, that is all about you helps you to achieve that. Just try it.