Everyone knows that looking after yourself is very important because as the saying goes you can't pour from an empty cup. However, not everyone finds it easy to give themselves the self care that they need. And I will hold my hands up and admit I am one of those people.
As my regular readers will know that I am a single mum and to all intents and purposes I'm also a career for my elderly grandmother who lives an hour away from me. As well as that I am working and trying to get my business off the ground. Now I don't claim to have more to deal with in life that anyone else, but I also won't deny that I have a lot on my plate. But despite having all this on my plate I rarely make time for myself to make sure I don't burn myself out.
Last week I came very close to burning myself out but thankfully I took note of what my body was trying to tell me before I actually became ill and took a few days easy. Life does mean I couldn't just take a few days off completely but I did spend a few nights not working on the business and did things like watching TV and playing a game on my tablet.
These few days of taking it easy have really done me the world of good. I now feel more like myself and as I write this I am feeling a bit more focused on my business and life again. Although I will probably need to take it easy for another few days I am definitely feeling like my cup is filling back up.
Does this return of feeling like myself mean that I won't burn myself out again, unfortunately probably not. I'm my own worse enemy I always feel I should be doing more for myself and my loved ones. Although I would be the first to tell a friend or loved one off for working to hard but I won't listen to myself.
However, I am hoping one of my readers will listen to me, take care of yourself because we can't pour from an empty cup. Even if all you do is going for a walk, take a bath, read a book or whatever it is that helps you take care of yourself. I know I am being a bit of hypocrite writing this paragraph but it is only when we learn to take care of ourselves will be able to take care of our families and our other responsibilities.