How do you balance “me” time in this crazy, busy world?
If the select few of you who read my blogs have noticed, I’ve been a tad MIA. I recently picked up a second job working with the same company but 20 hours added in our corporate office. Its lovely because its only an exit away from home, but the one downside is that I don’t have any days off and find myself packing my days to the limit, and not allowing myself enough sleep.
Without my free time, I notice I fall into the same typical traps that everyone else seems to fall into. With my new job I have been so busy and focused on work that I’m either not eating anything, or I’m reaching for convenient oh-so-unhealthy snacks. When I have time to actually eat, I start craving comfort food. This has got to stop. Between the lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and did I mention I got in a car accident? After 11 days in a rental, I finally retrieved my car this evening…$500 deductible and a $405 rental fee later….I was feeling pretty defeated. Defeated emotionally, financially, and even physically because of my lack of exercise lately. I felt like I had been floating around in a dark cloud the last couple weeks.
So what did I do?
Well I was going to lay in bed all day but I made a change and went to a power yoga class at Get Zen. By the end of the class, my ENTIRE attitude shifted, my cloud lifted, and by the final shavasana, I felt free. I felt free of all the pain I had created for myself. SO free…that I ran home, took a quick shower, and ran over to LA Fitness for another yoga class (not a hot yoga class like I’ve preferred lately) but enough to get more practice. Now I’m home, in bed, and feel better than ever.
I created “me” time. I had time to relax my thoughts and get a great workout in at the same time, and now I feel at peace. I’m laying in my bed and I feel like it’s the first time I have relaxed in weeks.
“Yoga is an Art Form. Yoga is an art form in which the mind, body and soul are all connected and act as one. While people practice yoga for different reasons, the effect it has on everyone’s mind, body and soul is the same”
- not sure where I found this quote, it was just saved somewhere in my notes but I love it. Its true.
Everyone has something different that can bring them peace. It could be a run, it could be meditation, a great book, a walk, a hike, or if you’re like me, yoga. You need to realize that no matter what pain you feel today, what struggle you face, or even stress, can be cured by doing something for yourself. Make time to give your health what it needs. Life is too short to see your pain and fears as the end of the road, because it goes on. Everything is temporary. Everything, everyone and every thought…change is the most consistent thing in life whether you like it or not.
Nothing lasts forever. Don’t attach yourself to stress, loss, or pain. For it will pass, and when it does, your happiness and freedom will be greatly rewarded.