By: Megan Minutillo, IATG ContributorJuly 25, 2016
It’s a term I see everywhere lately. In every article I read. In every post I see.
Part of self worth is taking care of yourself and making sure you get the things you need. Knowing what you need to be at your best is important - and you, and only you, are the person who can determine that.
Sometimes, maintaining self worth means taking time for yourself...solo.
I think that’s easy to forget in this age of digital connectedness. We’re constantly peering into one another’s lives. We’re with one another even when we’re not - and sometimes, just sometimes, that’s a bit too much.
It can be overwhelming to be constantly surrounded with people and posts - and taking time away from that to get the balance and clarity that you need is ok. It’s more than OK. I happen to believe it’s quite healthy. (But hey, I’m not a doctor, so don’t quote me on that one.)
Sometimes, life can get overwhelming. You’re juggling three jobs. You’re juggling school and work. You’re juggling school and work and relationships and friendships and families. Sometimes the carousel of life seems like it’s going a bit too fast, and all you can think is...push pause, please. I just need a pause.
I think when that moment of woah happens - you have to do what works for you. If phoning a friend works, that’s great. But if you need that quiet time, take it.
Take the quiet time.
Take the quiet time, even if it’s for five minutes. Go outside. Look at the blue sky and the green grass and life bustling all around you, and just...breathe.
And then tell yourself, I will get through this. I have climbed mountains before, and I have gotten to the other side.
Say this with me, girls...
I will get to the other side of whatever is stressing me out. Whatever is making my head spin. Whatever is making me doubt. I will take time for myself today, looming deadlines be damned. I’ll sit for that manicure without my phone. I’ll go for a run. I’ll take a walk. I’ll read my favorite book. I’ll crawl up on the couch for that catnap. Cause their ain't no shame in self care or taking those moments of clarity when you see fit.
What’s overwhelming you at this moment? Take a deep breath and simply pause. Take five minutes. Right now, and do something for YOU. Go take a quick walk, make yourself a cup of coffee, call up friend you haven’t talked to in a while. You can get through this. You always do.
Megan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.