Today I found myself guilty of violating one of my most important rules – to take care of myself. It happened so gradually that I barely noticed it. I’d started having a feeling in the back of my mind lately that something wasn’t quite right – my productivity was off, I was getting stressed out far too easily, things were NOT humming along, almost effortlessly, like they usually do.
What I did today was this – I simply went and got a manicure and pedicure. It’s something that I do every two weeks. It’s not a luxury or a treat, it’s something that I consider a necessity because it’s something that recharges me. It relaxes me, I don’t think about any responsibilities while I’m there, I just relax and recharge – I take care of me.
At least I thought I did this every two weeks. As I sat there today with my feet in the warm water, feeling the tension leave my body, almost dozing off – all of a sudden I sat bolt upright in the massage chair because I realized…
I couldn’t even REMEMBER the last time I’d been there!
How is that possible? This is something that I was absolutely militant about. This was time that I made damn sure that I took as part of my way of taking care of ME, the most important resource that I have!
That says that I HAVEN’T been taking care of me. It absolutely SCREAMS it. And if I don’t take care of me, how can I take care of anyone, or anything, else? My home, my family, my clients?
It’s so easy for us to let things pile up, little by little, bit by bit. Eventually, if we’re not careful, we can end up barely lifting our heads up from our keyboards to interact with the rest of world. We need to take abreak, breathe, do the things that allow us to recharge and reconnect, otherwise we’re no good to ourselves or anyone else.
New rule – back to taking care of me! Everyone in my life – personal AND business – will benefit from it.
Please make sure that, no matter how busy you get, you make time to take care of YOU.
P.S. I felt so great when I got home, I had such a burst of productivity! I got things done around the house, I got tons of things done for clients, and I even got some of that stuff done that’s in the “some day I’ll get to it” pile!