When was the last time you took time out for play, for fun, or just time out for yourself without feeling guilty about it?
As your Coach I want to encourage you to take time for yourself. This is not selfish, but necessary.
Some of us do not even know how to have fun. Fun? Are you kidding me? What is that?
Taking time out for fun or play is necessary. You need time out to recharge your battery. We, as women, put ourselves on the back burner because we are serving others constantly while thinking “others first”. I know who you are!
You cannot keep serving others without taking a break and doing something for fun or for play. Even Jesus, who is perfect, took time out to go to the garden to spend quiet time with his heavenly Father.
Do you hear me?
If Jesus did it, and we are to use him as a role model, then we should to.
If you are taking care of your business or your family and NOT yourself, you will eventually crash and burn and then you will be no good to no one.
Benefits of time out:
o Renews your energy
o Clears your mind
o Gives you fresh ideas
o Calms your spirit
o Prepares you for the next tragedy that comes along
If you spend one hour a week for you, the benefits are endless.
o Explain to your family that you need this time for your mental health, they will be fine without you for one hour. They will survive. Go and do something fun!
o Go out during your lunch hour. Leave the office, go do something by yourself or for yourself.
When I was a VP of finance, I would sneak away at lunch and drive to Big Spring Park, roll down my windows to let in fresh air and take a nap in my car. It worked wonders.
o Take a walk after dinner.
o If you are a care giver, find someone to help relieve you and go do something to revive your spirit.
o Get a massage or get your nails done.
o Journal. Paint. Draw. Sew. Create.
o Take a class or workshop.
In my 40’s due to feeling stuck and lost, I gave myself permission to take time out. One of the things I tried was water color painting. I started taking lessons and the lessons started fueling my creative spirit, I was excited. After 4 years of taking water color lessons, I actually started selling my paintings and working on commission. Who knew? I had no idea I was an artist. What can you learn about yourself just by trying something new or taking time out?
The point is try something. I know you can. I encourage you, this is important and I give you permission to take time out for you. Take Time Out this weekend. Go for it, sister!