Self-Care Before Success
1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward
Sometimes, life can feel as if it’s passing us by; like we’re stuck looking out the window of a speeding car as all the world whips past us. We can feel as though there is no time, as if we have no control, as if we’re the last and least important thing around us.
In these moments, we never feel further from success. However, these moments are, in fact, the most pivotal to our betterment and forward momentum. These are the moments that will lead to our success.
Noticing time flying by is important. Feeling the whir is the first step to changing the situations, slowing it down. What must happen next is something a lot of us fear — taking time to ourselves.
It might seem counter-intuitive at first, you may even doubt that anyone could fear taking time to themselves. You may wonder how such a thing could help slow you down even. But, consider it. When was the last time you just paused? When was the last time you did something, anything, purely for no other reason than that you wanted to? When was the last time, as it were, that you practiced self-care?
It might not seem to be a hard task, but don’t be fooled. Many of us, possibly all of us, forget how to practice self-care. But it can be easy once we understand just what self-care is.
For instance, some of us love music for no other reason beyond that we stop thinking about anything in while we’re listening or playing it. Which you do, listening or playing, doesn’t matter. What’s of concern here is the fact that you pause for a minute and just enjoy it for nothing other than the enjoyment.
If music does this for you, then go to a concert, play your guitar. Step away from the keyboard and car, sit down from all the running around and just do music. This isn’t a waste of time; it’s simply taking time to re-energize.
If your body were a phone, these self-care moments would be like plugging it in before sleep. Your phone can’t work without a charge; your body can’t work without self-care.
And there are many other forms of self-care beyond music. Some people write, others run, while more still just take a nap. It doesn’t matter what form you find your relief in, all that matters is that you take it.
Studies have shown a reinvigoration of the mind follows self-care. Inspiration, motivation, dedication can all come from just taking the time to slow yourself and do what it is that makes you happy.
Take the time to use your breaks. Get out of that speeding car you feel trapped in and walk around. You’re not missing out on anything if you do this, you’re not wasting time. You’re setting yourself up for success.
Originally published at recharj.com on October 20, 2017.