Accidental HR (SM) – Take Time for You!
So, tell me, what do those roses smell like?
I’m sure many of you feel the same way I do. The laundry is never-ending and the clock just keeps on ticking.
But we have to, for our sake and for the sake of our families, take time to stop and smell the roses. Enjoy a sunny day. Actually taste our food. Go for a walk and dream about an upcoming vacation. Ask your spouse how their day was and actually listen. Let your child go on and on about something silly that happened at school while you eat dinner instead of wondering if you sent that email off to your boss.
Being busy all the time makes us feel important, like we have a purpose. Sometimes the rare down time even worries us and makes us antsy, like we’re forgetting something, but it is OK! Have you ever said no to something just because you needed “me” time? Try it!
Take a nap, swing on a porch swing, drive through the countryside, dine in a neighboring town, read a book, watch a movie. Take a dance class, an art class or have a glass of wine in your PJs. Allow your brain to relax, allow your body to relax and enjoy your life. Most of our urgent tasks are not nearly as life-threatening as we imagine them to be.
So, this coming week, give yourself some time. Take a deep breath and smell those roses. It will make all of the must-do tasks much more bearable when you know you’re going to reward yourself with some down time.