Life is so busy anymore. It seems there is always something on the calendar, and if there isn’t, there is a house to clean, a tiny girl to take care of, supper to cook. Even when we literally arn’t busy with plans, life at home seems busy enough. Time flies by way to fast. I am geared to be productive. It is hard for me to just sit down and read a book, or go for a walk. All the things I could be doing run around in my head distracting me from what is supposed to be relaxing me.
I think especially when you are raising a small family, life is crazy! With all the craziness and business of life, I am finding that it is really important to do something each day just for yourself. Have “selfish” time and don’t feel bad about it. Even if it is only fifteen minutes a day, do it. Because when we are constantly going, when we are constantly dedicating our time to others, and other things, we empty our own tank. We have nothing left to give, that is of quality. It is easy to feel bad or guilty about taking time for ourselves. But when we fill our tank, we can fill others up also. Then what we give is of quality. We aren’t running ragged and only giving the tattered remains of our energy and time.
Are you running ragged? I challenge you to take time to do something for yourself every single day. Give yourself a present and don’t feel guilty about it! My “present” to myself is my morning coffee! I drink a cup and either look on blogs, write a blog post, or even do paper work or balance my checkbook. Whatever I do, I do it over Kina’s morning nap so it is just me and my coffee. I look forward to it every morning and it charges me for the day. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and actually a lot of the time get something done on my to-do list, but it recharges me.
What charges you? Do you like reading? Set aside 15 min in your day at some time to do it. Do you like coffee? Drink a cup while the kiddo’s nap. Do you like exercising? Whatever gets you excited and feels like a “present” do it. I promise, if you make it a priority, it will recharge you and you won’t regret it. Because no matter what stage of life you are in, you need a little you time!
I would love to hear if you do a “daily present”. Are you on instagram? Follow me @darcyschock and share a picture of your daily present. Tag me and use #dailypresent so we can all be encouraged!