When I was very sick in hospital, my consultant said I could be a mum, do my work, have sleepless nights and generally wear myself out and this would likely make me ill again, BUT I could do all those things so long as I regularly took time out specifically to rest, relax, chill out and recharge myself.
Sometimes it will be a luxury hot long soak in the bath, followed by PJs and my fluffy dressing gown and a film, sometimes it will be switching off on chores at a certain time and reading a book, or it could be blogging or trialling beauty products. It doesn't matter what it is, but it must be stress free and something you enjoy!
If you struggle to find the time for this, consider just for one minute - when I got sick, I nearly died. And I nearly died because I never ever had a single minute off, I ran myself into the ground. When you consider that, lets just weigh up the facts - wear yourself into a life threatening illness OR have the odd hour or 2 here and there to relax and recharge? And if you're a mum, wife, dad, carer etc, just think what a better one you will be when you're rested, chilled out, energised, not tired, ratty & stressed!
In other words, relaxing saves lives! And as light hearted as I say that, I also truly mean it. If you STILL think you can't possibly find time to do this, then when you are writing in your diary all your appointments, chores, errands, your families needs, your to-do lists, physically pencil in a day and time for you. And put as much importance into making that appointment happen as you would turning up to a dentist appointment, going to an interview, bringing in the kids costumes by a certain day for the school play....because without YOU, these other things won't happen. So you need to take care of yourself. It's not selfish, it's essential.
With that, I'm off to grab my favourite snack and put my feet up with a book!
Take time for you, take time today, take time now! Don't put it off one minute longer, write it in your diary, book yourself in!
Happy weekend my Lovelies!
Loz 😘 X x X