Issue 7 July 2006
Sanity Saver #9: Make Time Just for You
Ladies, here’s the sad truth. Many women feel that time
for themselves is stolen time in which they are playing hokey
from more important endeavors! We often feel as though we have
to get sick in order to take time for ourselves. Actually scheduling
self-nurturing activities is a way to trick your guilt demons.
When you schedule personal time for yourself you make it legitimate.
Here are some statistics I found shocking. According to the Travel
Industry Association of America, the average vacation in 1997
was 7.1 days. In 2001, it was down to 4.1 days. Even more alarming,
the Families and Work Institute reports that more than one fourth
of all American employees didn’t even use their vacation
time. Don’t let yourself become a statistic.
At the very least, take a mini-vacation. We all need a break
from our busy lives. I know, there’s so much to do, you
couldn’t possibly take time just for yourself. But let me
put things in perspective. There is very little in life that requires
your immediate attention. You may think that it does, but with
rare exceptions, most things can wait until tomorrow. No one has
ever died from wearing dirty socks, from leaving the bills for
another day, or from not returning phone calls. In other words,
take time for yourself. You need it and more importantly you deserve
The reality is that your health and well-being may be in jeopardy
if you’re neglecting yourself. If you’re running on
empty you’re not doing anyone any good, least of all yourself.
You may be going through the motions of living, but sleep walking
through your life doesn’t exactly qualify as living a life
It’s time to wake up to the fact that no one is going to
do it for you. You have to assume full responsibility for your
own self-care and fulfillment. You have to start to treat yourself
better. It’s up to you. You have nothing to lose from starting
to take care of yourself and everything to gain. Whatever it is
that will nurture you, make a commitment and carve out the time
to pamper yourself. Sure it will feel awkward at first, everything
new does, but stick with it and before long I guarantee that you’ll
be fanatically protective of your alone time.
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