Life can be hard at times, it seems as if there is so much to do and so little time to do it. With responsibilities like work, caring for our families, and generally making sure those around us are happy and content, we can easily forget about making sure we are happy and content ourselves.
For a lot of people, the most difficult times start once the “dark” winter-months arrived. The grey weather, the cold, rain, lack of colorful trees and flowers activates a mood that makes them feel far from happy.
When talking to others and telling them that, during these months, you experience several depression symptoms like; irritation, apathy, being sleep deprived or the need to sleep too much, headaches, a lack of energy, or just feeling blue, these symptoms can be labeled as depression symptoms. By not taking enough time for yourself will increase those terrible symptoms even more.
If you suffer from these feelings it’s totally understandable that you lack the power to put focus on anything else but your daily necessary tasks. Even doing fun things can feel like such a burden instead of entertainment. These feelings of being drained can intensify if you don’t take enough free time out for yourself!
Whether you are feeling down, or you feel like you are so wound up that you just can’t unwind, taking time out to refresh and recharge is important for both yourself and those around you.
The question is how can you start making time for yourself even when you are so busy taking care of everyone and everything else?
Lets just start with some small steps that can already make a big difference in your daily life.
Some Basic Tips to Take Time Out for Yourself
- The first step is to realize that ‘you time’ needs to be a priority. To be at your best and help others you need to be healthy and whole.
- Make time everyday that is just for you, even if it is just 15 minutes, by making this time an essential part of your day, you are recognizing that you deserve to take time out.
- Choose something you love to do, whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or taking a hot bath. Use the time you have set aside for yourself to do some of your favorite things.
- Go through your priorities, you know those things you feel you really have to do, evaluate what is truly important. You don’t have to be on every committee, or meet every single person’s needs all of your time. By working out what is really important you can free up time that you need to recharge again.
- Start or pick up a hobby like going out for a great diner, listening to your favorite music or treating yourself by having a massage – or find another way to meet your own needs. Having a goal or purpose that you truly enjoy working towards can make a huge difference in your life.
By taking time out for you, you can ease some of the depression symptoms temporarily. And I say temporarily because the root-causes of WHY you have these depression symptoms are still untouched!
And don’t worry, I will give you the tools in one of my next blogs on how to get rid of the hidden subconscious programs that cause these depression symptoms.
But in this blog I want to give you some general tools that will soothe the negative feelings. Taking a much-needed break can help put everything back into perspective. By putting off a much-needed break you are only doing more damage to your emotional and physical well-being
Make time for yourself as a routine, you are worthy of becoming the best person you can be, start by taking valuable time out for yourself.