Our Christmas tree last year. Haven’t had time to take a pic of this years one.
So lately I’ve been reading a lot about the importance of self-care. I’ve seen it mentioned on blogs and when commenting I always say how essential this practice is.
How we need to take time out for ourselves and how we are able to be kinder to others when we’ve nurtured ourselves. It isn’t selfish it is downright necessary!
I recently signed up for yoga. I had been wanting to do a 2 week trial which meant I could attend various lessons and choose to have a transformation session or a private yoga lesson included. For months, I just kept putting off the signing up. First I had backache and so I didn’t sign up. Then I went on leave. Came back from leave. Things were busy. I was tired. I kept finding excuses until the end of November when I just made the payment, filled out the forms and went to my first class.
And I loved it.
But the next week was busy and I put off going back until last Saturday.
And I loved that lesson as much as the first.
But last night after a quick shower I was chatting to hubby and I told him I felt I had signed up at the wrong time. Quarter end at work. Trying to catch up with friends after hours. Work functions I’d replied to ages ago. I felt like everyday was busy busy busy. This morning I sat at my desk looking at the week ahead and felt tired before the day had begun! I e-mailed the studio about a session I was interested in and afterwards thought about putting it off. So much to do this week. So little time.
And then I realized something. The numerous times I’ve told people to look after themselves I had meant it. So why was I looking for excuses to put off doing something for me? Hubby said he can see how much I love it and I must make time for it. It is advice I’d give to others so why was I finding it difficult to take?
I’ve chosen the perfect time to sign up for yoga. If ever there was a time I needed to relax it is right now while my head and diary is full and I’m in need of some me-time.
Tomorrow I’ve got a work function at the office after work. Wednesday I’m meeting a friend for coffee, then seeing my in-laws for a games night. Thursday is for catching up on the housework, going to gym and wrapping presents. Friday is a department lunch and then it is a 3 day weekend.
So yes a full week ahead but like I’ve been telling so many self-care is essential. For us all.
Time I took my own advice 🙂
What about you? What advice do you find easy to give out but difficult to practice?