Self-care

Prioritize Yourself

Good morning, Monday.

Good morning, World.

That’s how I’ve been waking up. I open my eyes, look out at the morning sky, and greet the day.

Some days, like this morning, I’m awake before dawn. On those days, I close my eyes and will myself back to sleep. Some times it works; some times it doesn’t. But then dawn peeks through the trees between my neighbor’s property and mine and lifts my eyelid, like a toddler, to see if I’m awake. Dawn, not sunrise, and certainly not the sun when it finally crests the trees, and I greet the day.

This morning the sky looked like this from my window.

The picture didn’t do the view justice, so I took a better picture when I took the dogs out. (And even this picture doesn’t capture it well.)

This morning I thought about how I wake up and wondered why I wasn’t greeting myself as well.

So, today, I greeting myself. “Good morning, Becky. It’s going to be a great day.”

It wasn’t until I went for a scheduled massage that I realized that I hadn’t had much, if any, “me” time in the past six months. That 90 minute massage showed me how important it is to carve out a bit of every single day for myself – to put myself first sometimes – to realize that I am important.

In a life that is busy with responsibilities, I’ve been looking for ways to carve out a bit of me time in each day.

Here are five things that I found that work for me:

  • a quiet 10 minute bath by candlelight
  • sitting on the deck and observing the world for 10 minutes in the evening when the dogs want to play on the deck (usually I just let them out and then get to the task of cleaning up in the kitchen after supper)
  • sitting quietly in the early morning with my coffee on the front porch and watching the hummingbirds
  • going to the music room, closing the door, and sitting down at the piano for 10 minutes to play
  • reading my affirmation cards

This week carve out at least ONE 10 minute block of time for yourself. Make it something special.


Since a single day contains 1440 minutes and a full week contains 10,080 minutes, isn’t it time to find at least 10 minutes to celebrate YOU?

Take a moment and share with me how you will be spending your 10 minutes in the comments below.


Thanks for reading.

AND

As you move through your day-to-day activities and responsibilities, please remember to

Live Life –

Keep Things Simple –

Look for the Positive –

AND

Smile.

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