Take Time for You!

8 Mar
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Eight hours at the office, 2 hours commuting, quick, supper, put a load of laundry in, take kids to hockey practice, home again, put laundry in the dryer, wash the dishes, two hours prepping for tomorrow’s meeting, 11:30 – bed… at last! Alarm goes off at 6:00, up, shower, brush teeth, hair, dress, downstairs. Feed & dress the kids, pack lunches, fold laundry, take out garbage. Grab a coffee and a banana for the road and its back to work. Does this pace sound familiar to you?? This pace is certainly doable – heck some of us do it all the time, but is it healthy? While you may say ‘I just do this because it needs to be done’, how often do you take the time to assess the toll it’s taking on you? While none of the things I described above are particularly stressful, it is the cumulative effect that can really lead to problems. Sure, you try to rest up over the weekend – if you have time – but all too soon its Monday morning and the cycle repeats. Throw in a few unexpected stressors – your Mom’s been sick in hospital and your Dad needs help with the house work and meals, and this just might push you to the brink. Some signs that you’ve had too much include; unexplained aches and pains, upset stomach, trouble sleeping, poor eating habits, mood swings, and a negative attitude. For more info see http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-management/SR00032 If too much stress is affecting you, it’s time to take some time out for you! You deserve to be happy and healthy! Start by evaluating what you’ve been doing and decide if it’s truly necessary to continue all these things. Maybe now is not the best time for you to be on that volunteer committee. Maybe your kids can help with a few things that you’ve been doing for them. So what if your salad came out of a bag and the pizza came from the freezer, and does it really matter that you didn’t get to the dusting this week? If you’re taking your work home with you regularly it could be time to discuss solutions with your boss. Everyone’s tolerance for stress is different, so don’t try to keep up with someone else. If you start to develop any of the signs mentioned above it’s time to do what you need to do to take care of you.  Easier said than done, but so worth it!!



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