Why do we so often ignore the most important person in our life.....

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8-personal-itme

I bet you are wondering who is the most important person is....your running through your head, maybe it's your husband, wife, children or even your parents.....WRONG!

You are the most important person!  Yet we fail to take care of ourself and wait till absolutely last to take care of ourselves.  We fill our schedules with work, cleaning the house, grocery store, taking care of everyone and everything else and then at the end of the day we hope that we have time to fit in our workout, or maybe even time to simply read our book.  Do you ever sit down at the end of the day and just feel like you are on empty? Our car doesn't run if we don't fill the tank so why do we think we will?

Let me start by saying it's totally ok if I am describing you, you are not a horrible person, you are just like so many of us.  I am the worst at putting myself first.  I just recently started putting yoga in my calendar and making it a priority again.  We are all full of excuses...

  • I don't have time.
  • But if I don't clean the house who will?
  • I will get back to that next month, next year etc.
  • I won't be able to relax know all of the things on my to do list.

First off we all have the same 24 hours in the day.  Yes many of our days are filled to the brim!!! Believe me I know, I am just about to finish working two full times jobs.  I have been doing this for about two years.  I kept telling myself that I will get back to taking care of myself soon.  I will make myself a priority soon, but when exactly is soon? We can push soon off for as long we want but the bottom line is we are just digging ourselves a deeper whole.

  • Gaining those extra 10 lbs
  • Losing our patience more easily
  • Becoming less efficient in our daily tasks
  • Feeling unfulfilled

Soon is never going to come unless we make the decision.  We are the only ones that can make the time for ourselves and make ourselves a priority.  So what can you add into your day to take time for yourself? What do you love to do?

  • Read a book for 20 minutes
  • Meditate
  • Head to a workout out class; yoga, spin, pilates, zumba etc.
  • Go for a walk outside
  • Curl up on the couch and watch what you want on TV with no interruptions
  • Massage
  • Quality time with a best friend
  • Time to paint or draw

Here is the fun part!  Your personal recharge time can be anything!!! Everyone is different and we each recharge differently.  Sit back and think to yourself.....what is my favorite thing to do that I have not been making time for.

For me 60 minutes at a yoga class can recharge me like nothing else!!! Yet for the longest time I wouldn't even carve out even one hour a week.  How crazy is that. So basically I was telling myself that out of the 168 hours in a week I didn't think I deserved one of them........how crazy does that sound?

Start small.  You don't have to all of a sudden find one hour a day or seven hours a week but I beg you find 60 minutes in the week.  I challenge you to sit down and find that hour and tell your family.  Stand up and say, 'Family I love you but on Monday from 11-12 I am treating myself to yoga, nothing is stopping me.'  I find then when you plan on it and say it, it happens.

So tell me more! What is your recharge activity and when are you carving out time?